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Spoken in southern Sudan, Ethiopia
Region Eastern Africa
Total speakers 804,907 (Ethnologue)
Language family Nilo-Saharan
Writing system Latin alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 nus

The Nuer language is a Nilo-Saharan language of the Western Nilotic group. It is spoken by the Nuer people of southern Sudan and in western Ethiopia. Nuer is one of eastern and central Africa's most widely spoken languages. The Nuer tribe is one of the largest tribes in Southern Sudan.

Nuer language system

Nuer language has a Latin-based alphabet. There are also several dialects of Nuer, although all have one written standard. For example, while final /k/ is pronounced in the Jikany dialect, this sound is dropped in other dialects despite being indicated in Nuer orthography. The Nuer speak Thoknaath which is being translated as (the language of the people)the mainly spoken through out the eastern Ethiopia by all Nuer. Despite, the mass majority of the outsider who inhabit in Nuerland, Nuer manage to educated the newcomers the dialect.

Nuer communities

There are different dialects spoken by Nuer groups living in various locations in Southern Sudan. A Bible in Nuer exists. Some of the Nuer people live in Western Ethiopia. They are called Gajaak and Lou. The Nuer of the Nasir region are called Gajiok, and those in Waat are called Lou. There are also Gaweer and Jikueichieng.

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