Southern Luo language

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Southern Luo
Region Uganda and adjoining areas
Native speakers
8.8 million (2001–2009)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-2 luo
ISO 639-3 Variously:
adh – Adhola
kdi – Kumam
luo – Dholuo (Kavirondo Luo)
alz – Alur
laj – Lango
ach – Acholi
Glottolog sout2831[2]

Southern Luo is a dialect cluster of Uganda and neighboring countries. Although Southern Luo dialects are mutually intelligible, there are six ethnically and culturally distinct varieties which are considered to be separate languages socially.


  • Adhola (Uganda)
  • Kumam (Uganda)
  • Luo–Acholi
    • Dholuo (Kavirondo Luo) (Kenya, Tanzania)
    • Alur–Acholi
      • Alur (Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo)
      • Lango–Acholi


  1. ^ Adhola at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Kumam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Dholuo (Kavirondo Luo) at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Alur at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Lango at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Acholi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Southern Lwoo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.