420,000 in South Sudan (2000). L2 users: 175,000 in South Sudan (2013 SIL). Total users in all countries: 655,000 (as L1: 480,000; as L2: 175,000).
Central Equatoria State, Juba, Kajo Keji, and Lainya counties; both banks of the Nile, south of Terakeka on west bank, Mongalla on east bank, to Kajo Kaji escarpment.
3 (Wider communication). Regional language chosen for development by Rejaf Conference 1928.
Bari, Kuku, Nyangbara (Nyambara, Nyangwara), Nyepu (Ngyepu, Nyefu, Nyepo, Nypho), Pöjulu (Fadjulu, Fajelu, Madi, Pajulu), Ligo (Liggo). Lexical similarity: 86% with Bari and Nyepu dialects, 85% with Bari and Pöjulu, 81% with Bari and Kuku, 80% with Bari and Nyangbara, 71% with Mundari [mqu], 73% with Kakwa [keo].
Latin script [Latn], used since 1927.
Ethnic Bari in Democratic Republic of the Congo now speak a dialect of Logo [log] and not Bari.