Dinka, Southwestern


A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Western Dinka

450,000 (1982 UBS).


Bahr al Ghazal and Warrap states; Lakes state: Cueibet and Rumbek counties, Jur river area.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (2011, Transitional Constitution, Article 6(1)), primary education, literacy efforts.


Rek (Raik), Abiem (Ajong Dit, Ajong Thi, Akany Kok, Akern Jok, Anei, Apuoth, Apwoth), Aguok (Agwok), Apuk, Awan, Lau, Luac, Malual (Atoktou, Duliit, Korok, Makem, Malwal, Peth), Paliet (Ajak, Baliet, Bon Shwai, Buoncwai, Bwoncwai, Kondair, Kongder, Tainbour, Thany Bur), Palioupiny (Akjuet, Akwang, Ayat, Cimel, Gomjuer, Palioping), Tuic (Adhiang, Amiol, Nyang, Thon, Twic, Twich, Twij). Luac dialect is different from Luac dialect in Northeastern Dinka [dip]. Lexical similarity: 89% with South Central Dinka [dib], 90% with Southeastern Dinka [dks]. A member of macrolanguage Dinka [din].

Language Use

All domains. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Bongo [bot], Thuri [thu].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 25%. Extensive literacy materials available. Taught in primary schools. Literature. Grammar. NT: 2006–2010.


Latin script [Latn].

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