Shilluk (Dhɔg Cɔlɔ / Dhøg Cøllø)

Shilluk is a Nilo-Saharan language spoken by about 175,000 people in southern Sudan. It is also known as Chollo, Chulla, Colo, Dhocolo and Shulla, and is closely related to Dholuo. Shilluk speakers live along the western and eastern bank of the Nile around the city of Malakal.

Shilluk is written with an orthography developed by missionaries during the early 20th century.

Shilluk alphabet and pronunciation

Shilluk alphabet and pronunciation

ɔ is also written ø

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Sample text

Dhanhø bëne ba anywølø e path ki bäng, ge pär ki yij bëëdø geki dyërø. gïn-a dwaddi kiper gen yï gen da rumi ki bëëdø mø göög gen ki pyëw akyel ga nyimiëgg.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample video in Shilluk


Information about the Shilluk language and people

Nilo-Saharan languages

Acholi, Alur, Aringa, Ateso, Avokaya, Baka, Bari, Beli, Bongo, Daza, Dholuo, Dinka, Dongotono, Fur, Gumuz, Jur Modo, Kanuri, Karamojong, Keliko, Komo, Lango, Lotuko, Lokoya, Lopit, Lugbara, Maasai, Ma'di, Mandari, Morokodo, Moru, Narim, Nuer, Nobiin, Old Nubian, Olu'bo, Shilluk, Toposa, Turkana, Uduk, Wa'di, Zaghawa, Zarma

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