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Uduk (ʼTwāmpā)

Uduk is a Koman language spoken in Sudan and South Sudan. In Sudan it is spoken in the Kurmuk district of Blue Nile state in the southeast of the country. In South Sudan it is spoken in Mabaab county in Upper Nile State in the northwest of the country. Due to civil wars in Sudan, many Uduk people fled to refugee camps in Ethiopia and South Sudan. The current numbers in each place are not known, but the overall number of Uduk speakers is thought to be 22-25,000.

The Koman languages are believed by some linguists to be part of the Nilo-Saharan language family, however there is little evidence for this.

Uduk is also known as Kebeirka, Korara, Kumus, Kwanim Pa or Othan. The native name of the language, ʼTwāmpā, means 'mouth of the home'. There are three dialect of Uduk: two northern dialect, Chali and Bellila, and one southern dialect, Yabus. The main differences between the dialects are in pronunciation and grammar.

Uduk was first written in the 1950s, and a standard way of writing it was developed by missionaries. It is currently used in some schools.

Uduk alphabet and pronunciation

Uduk alphabet and pronunciation


Uduk has two tones: a high tone, which is indicated with an acute accent (á), and a low tone.

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Sample text

1. Ka muŋ’kup̱ mo tani Arumgimis uḵki momis dhali mony’cesh mo. 2. Dhali mony’cesh a’di ’ceṯẖki’da ’thintha/ mo dhali di bwa ’te/ mo, dhali mondhurumi’d a’di wup̱ki’da ap̱o/ mo jin ’kula’kul mo. Dhali Shi/in ma Arumgimis a’di wukurki’d ap̱owa ris ḵumma/ yi’de/ mo.

Source: http://worldbibles.org/language_detail/eng/udu/Uduk

Sample video in Uduk


Information about Uduk

Nilo-Saharan languages

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

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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