Alur (Lur)

Alur is a variety of Southern Luo spoken by about 1.4 million people in northwestern Uganda and the north east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dialects include Jokot, Jonam/Lo-Naam, Mambisa, and Wanyoro. It belongs to the Luo branch of the Nilo-Saharan language family, and is also known as Aloro, Alua, Alulu, Dho Alur, Jo Alur, Lur and Luri.

There is no official standard for writing Alur, but there are informal conventions used in written materials and on road signs.

Alur is used to some extent in radio programmes, films, and books. There is also an Alur version of the Bible.

Alur alphabet and pronunciation

Alur alphabet and pronunciation

Download a chart of the Alur alphabet (PDF, in German)

Information about Alur pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text

Ma nwaŋu podi jular jucwiyo gin moko ngo, nwaŋu Lembe nuti, ebedo ku Jacwic, man en de e Jacwic. Ebedo ku Jacwic ma nwaŋu podi jucwiyo gin moko ngo. Jacwic ucwiyo gin ceke ni kume, man gin moko mbe kadi acel ma jukucwiyo ni kume ngo.

Translation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Source: http://language-museum.com/encyclopedia/a/alur.php

Links

Information about the Alur language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alur_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/alz

Nilo-Saharah

Acholi, Alur, Dholuo, Dinka, Kanuri, Karamojong, Maasai, Nuer, Shilluk, Zarma

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet