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 Kuliak languages form their own branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family. The Ik people have a positive attitude toward their language, which is increasing; with Tepes, the last Kuliak language with several living speakers, 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. 

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