|Region||South Sudan and Uganda|
Bari is spoken by several distinct tribes: the Bari people themselves, the Pojulu, Kakwa, Nyangwara, Mundari, and Kuku. Each has their own dialect. The language is therefore sometimes called Karo or Kutuk ('mother tongue') rather than Bari.
- Bari proper (Beri)
- Pöjulu (Pajulu, Fadjulu, Fajelu, Madi)
- Kakwa (Kakua, Kwakwak) [radio broadcasts in Uganda]
- Nyangbara (Nyangwara, Nyambara)
- Mandari (Mondari, Mundari, Chir, Kir, Shir)
- Nyepu (Nyefu, Nyepo, Nypho, Ngyepu)
- Ligo (Liggo).
Bari is a tone language. It has vowel harmony, subject–verb–object word order, and agglutinative verbal morphology with some suppletion. A very competent dictionary and grammar were published in the 1930s, but are very difficult to find today. More recently, a dissertation has been published on Bari tonal phonology, and another dissertation on Bari syntax is available.
|Uppercase Unicode (hexadecimal)||014A||00D6|
|Lowercase Unicode (hexadecimal)||014B||00F6|
|Unicode Character Code Chart||Latin Extended A||Latin-1|
- Bari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Kakwa at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Mandari at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Bari–Kakwa–Mandari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- SIL Bibliography: Yokwe and Hall 1981
- Bari Language, Sudan Primer: Sillabari Ko Kutuk Na Bari. The Catholic Press Institute. Juba, Sudan.
- Owen, R.C.R. Bari grammar and vocabulary. 1908. OCLC: 25040516
- Spagnolo, Lorenzo M. Bari grammar. 1933. Verona, Missioni Africane.. OCLC: 34898784
- Yokwe, Eluzai. The tonal grammar of Bari. Doctoral dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1987.
- Kitap Kwakwaset The Book of Common Prayer in Bari (1953)