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A language of South Sudan

Alternate Names
Naadh
Autonym
Naath
Population

740,000 (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).

Location

Central Upper Nile state: Baliet county; Fangak, Northern Liech, Ruweng, and Southern Liech states; Jonglei state: north of a Jonglei-to-Pibor Post line; Latjor state: Lukapin/Nasir, and Ulang counties; small border areas in Eastern Lake, Gogrial, Tonj, and Western Lake states.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

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. Literature. Dictionary. Bible: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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