Päri language

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Native toSouth Sudan
RegionBlue Nile State
EthnicityPari people
Native speakers
(28,000 cited 1987)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3lkr

Päri, or Lokoro, is a Luo language of South Sudan. Päri has been claimed to have ergative alignment,[4] which is rare-to-nonexistent in African languages, although recent descriptions of the language have instead described the case system as marked nominative (nominative–absolutive).[5][6]


  1. ^ Päri at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Reh, Mechthild (1996): Anywa Language: Description and Internal Reconstructions. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe. p.5
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Päri". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ T. Anderson (1988) 'Ergativity in Päri, a Nilotic OVS language', Lingua 75:289–324, cited in R.M.W. Dixon (1994) Ergativity
  5. ^ G. Dimmendaal (2010) 'Differential Object Marking in Nilo-Saharan' Journal of African Linguistics and Languages 31:13-46
  6. ^ C. König 2008 'Case in Africa' Oxford University Press