Dinka, South Central


A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Agar, Central Dinka

L1 users: 250,000.


Mainly in Lakes State except for Wulu county in southwest; small border areas, Warrap and Unity states.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (2011, Transitional Constitution, Article 6(1)).


Aliap (Aker, Aliab, Thany), Ciec (Ador, Ajak, Chiech, Cic, Ciem, Kwac), Gok (Cok, Gauk), Agar. Gok dialect is influenced by Southwestern Dinka [dik]. Lexical similarity: 90% with Southeastern Dinka [dks]. A member of macrolanguage Dinka [din].

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Reel [atu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Bible portions: 1866–2012.

Latin script [Latn].

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