Jur language

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Native toSouth Sudan
RegionBahr el Ghazal
EthnicityLuwo people
Native speakers
(80,000 cited 1983 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3lwo

Jur, also known as Luo (Luo, Dheluwo), is a language spoken by the Luo people of Bahr el Ghazal region in South Sudan. The language is predominantly spoken in the western and northern parts of Bahr el Ghazal.

The language is part of the Luo languages of East Africa and is especially related to the languages of South Sudan such as Anyuak and Päri with whom it forms a dialect cluster.[3]


The Jur language is spoken by the Luwo (or Jur Col), an ethnic group in South Sudan. Jur is exonym adopted from the local Dinka language whose speakers are the Luwo's northern and eastern neighbours.[4] Its original Dinka usage, non-cattle-holding non-Dinka, was not particular to the Jur. Jur Col ("black Jur") is today used to disambiguate Luwo from other Jur groups.[citation needed]


Jur is currently a developing language. Meaning that the language is developing its written language, standard dialect and undoing modernization.[5]

Sample phrases[edit]

English Luwo
Hello (How are you?) Mahdhia (Ni dih)?
I am fine (nothing bad) Gihn me raaj tooro.
What is your name? Nyingi nga'a?
My name is Dimo Nyinga Dimo
Child Nyithiin
Boy Nyidhohg
Girl Nyakuo
God is great Juag Duohng
Good Beer
Thank you Kori
Am happy Ciwnya med


  1. ^ Jur at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Luwo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Reh, Mechthild (1996): Anywa Language: Description and Internal Reconstructions. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. p.5
  4. ^ Santandrea, Stefano (1968). The Luo of the Bahr el Ghazal (Sudan). Bologna: Editrice Nigrizia.
  5. ^ "Language Development". Ethnologue. 2012-11-20. Retrieved 2016-10-27.