Acholi

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Acoli, Acooli, Akoli, Atscholi, Dok Acoli, Gang, Log Acoli, Lwo, Lwoo, Lëbacoli, Shuli
Population

1,500,000 (2014 census), increasing. Census based on tribal affiliation. 34,200 Dhopaluo (2014 census). Total users in all countries: 1,527,000.

Location

Kitgum, Lamwo, Amuru, Nwoya, Pader, Gulu, Abim, Oyam, Kotido, Kaabong, Otuke, and Lira districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Nyakwai, Dhopaluo (Chope, Chopi). Reported intelligibility with Lango [laj], Kumam [kdi], Dhopadhola [adh], but percentages unknown. Lexical similarity: with Lango [laj], Kumam [kdi], Dhopadhola [adh], Thur [lth].

Typology

16 consonants, 9 vowels (but only 5 written); tonal.

Language Use

Home, market, church, office. Most are young. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Swahili [swh]. Used as L2 by Thur [lth].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools, as a subject. Literature. Newspapers. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1986.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1947.

Other Comments

Christian.

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