Ik language

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Region Uganda
Ethnicity Ik people
Native speakers
7,500 (2011)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ikx
Glottolog ikkk1242[2]

The Ik language, also known as Icetot, Icietot, Ngulak, or (derogatory) Teuso, Teuth, is one of the Kuliak languages of northeastern Uganda. The Ik people have a positive attitude toward their language, which is increasing; with Tepes being moribund, Ik may soon be the sole remaining language of its family. Terrill Schrock has recently written a doctoral dissertation which supports this idea, titled A grammar of Ik (Icetod) Northeast Uganda’s last thriving Kuliak language.[3] Ik is noted by UNESCO as "severely endangered".[4]

Ik is supported in Unicode starting with version 8.0.0.


  1. ^ Ik at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Ik". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Terrill Schrock. 2014. A grammar of Ik (Icetod) Northeast Uganda’s last thriving Kuliak language. (pdf available here: http://www.academia.edu/9520750/A_grammar_of_Ik_Ic%C3%A9-t%C3%B3d_Northeast_Uganda_s_last_thriving_Kuliak_language )
  4. ^ "UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger". Retrieved May 30, 2012.