50,000 (1998). The Kuek and Jikeyi have many monolinguals and are regarded as having the purest form of the language.
Cieng Luai, Cieng Nhyam. Lexical similarity 77% with Nuer [nus]; 49% with Dinka languages.
All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.
Live among and are culturally Dinka; 100 km from the Nuer, but have common grazing grounds with them. Subtribes: Apak, Luac, Jilek, Jikey (Rorkec), Akot, and Kuek. Ethnonym: Atuot by the Dinka. Cieng Luai dialect spoken by Luac, Jilek, and Akot; Cieng Nhyam spoken by Kuek and Jikeyi.