Alur (Dho-Alur)

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

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Information about Alur pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text (The Lord's Prayer - Luke 11: 2-4)

  1. Man ewacu igi kumae, Ka wurwo, wuwac kumae, Wegwa, nyingi bed leng’. Ker peri bin. Yeny ma ii yenyo, utimbre i ng’om, calu m’i polo.
  2. Mi iwa kwen m’uromwa ku ba rupiny.
  3. Wek iwa dubo mwa woko; kum wan giwa bende waweko lem mi jubanja mwa kubang’gi kubang’gi. Kud iterwa i abidhe. Ento larwa ni ng’atu ma rac.


Translation (English)

  1. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
  2. Give us day by day our daily bread.
  3. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.


Information about Alur | Tower of Babel


Information about the Alur language


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