Lopit language

Region Southern Sudan
Ethnicity Lopit people
Native speakers
50,000 (1995)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lpx
Glottolog lopi1242[2]

The Lopit language is an Eastern Nilotic language spoken by aroung 50,000 people in Eastern Equatoria State, South Sudan.[3] Lopit is part of the Lotuko-Teso subfamily and is related to Lotuko, Turkana and Maasai.[4] Lopit is a VSO language and has a complex tonal system.[5]

The Lopit language has six different dialects: Ngabori, Dorik, Ngotira, Omiaha, Lohutok, and Lolongo.


  1. Lopit at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lopit". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Ethnologue.com entry for Lopit
  4. Ethnologue.com family lineage for Lopit
  5. Vossen, Rainier, The Eastern Nilote: Linguistic + Historic reconstructions, Berlin: Dietrich, Reimer Verlag 1982

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