A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Naadh, Naath

740,000 in South Sudan (1982). 2,940 Western Jikany, 12,500 Lou, 1,100 Nyuong, 2,500 Thiang, 5,900 Bul, 2,400 Jagai, 6,700 Laak, 4,900 Leik, 1,600 Door, 17,600 Eastern Jikany (Voegelin and Voegelin 1977). Total users in all countries: 894,120 (as L1: 893,000; as L2: 1,120).


Mainly Jonglei State, north of a Jonglei–Pibor Post line; Unity State, south of Bentin town; Upper Nile State, Baliet, Ulang, and Lukapin/Nasir counties; Samll border areas in Lakes, Warab, and Northern Bahr el Ghazal states.

Language Status

4 (Educational).


Dor (Door), Eastern Jikany (Jekaing, Jikain), Abigar, Western Jikany, Cien, Thognaath (Thok Nath), Lou (Lau), Nyuong, Thiang (Bul, Gawaar, Jagai, Laak, Leik).

Language Use

Used in all churches. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Used as L2 by Southeastern Dinka [dks].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Bible: 1999.

Latin script [Latn].

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