Ng’akarimojong

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A language of Uganda

Alternate Names
Karamojong, Karimojong, Karimonjong, Ng’akaramojong
Population

666,000 (2014 census), increasing. 372,000 Karamojong, 165,000 Jie and 129,000 Dodoth. Census based on tribal affiliation.

Location

Moroto, Napak, Kaabong, Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Kotido, Kitgum, Lamwo, Abim, Kapchorwa, Kween, Bulambuli, and Sironko districts.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Jie (Jiye), Dodoth, Matheniko, Napore, Bokora, Pian. Dialects correspond with sub-tribes of Karimojong and have very high mutual intelligibility. Lexical similarity: 83%–95% between dialects, 85% with Turkana [tuv], 75% with Teso [teo].

Typology

VSO; highly inflectional; grammatical tone; vowel harmony; voiceless vowels.

Language Use

Home, market. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Ik [ikx], Soo [teu].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Bible: 2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn], used since 1932.

Other Comments

The people are pastoralist and seminomadic but much less so recently due to disarmament and forced settlement. Christian, traditional religion.

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