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Dinka is a generic name for a group of dialects in the Dinka Group of Western Nilotic languages. (Webbook)
Ethnologue lists the classification as: Nilo-Saharan, Eastern Sudanic, Nilotic, Western, Dinka-Nuer, Dinka.
"Jaang" is a cover term for all Dinka languages. (Ethnologue)
It is spoken by the Jieng (Dinka) along the White Nile in the Sudan. (Webbook)
According to information compiled from Ethnologue:
There are four major dialects in Dinka: Padang, Agar, Rek, and Bor. All have a "high level of mutual intelligibility" (Duerksen, personal communication, 1983). A study of Dinka dialects has been produced by Roettger and Roettger (1981). No one dialect is the accepted standard at present. (Webbook)
SIL International calls Dinka a "macrolanguage" under which five Dinka languages are listed. According to information compiled from Ethnologue on these five, the dialects are:
Dinka has great regional importance in the Sudan. (Webbook)
Dinka has a Romanized orthography developed from the 1928 Rejaf language conference; some modifications have been suggested from the work of the Institute of Regional Language's Literacy Project. There is no Arabic script for Dinka. (Webbook)
"A number of methods for writing Dinka using the Latin alphabet were developed by missionaries during the 19th and 20th centuries. Information about the language first appeared in Die Dinka-Sprache in Central-Afrika by Johannes Chrysostomus Mitterrutzner, which was publised in 1866. The current Latin orthography is derived from the alphabet developed for the southern Sudanese languages at the Rejaf language conference in 1928." (Omniglot)
The extended characters in the alphabet are summarized at http://www.openroad.net.au/languages/african/dinka/characters.html
"Language Museum" sample texts (NB- these may not be standard or official orthographies):
Unicode fonts with the following character ranges should have the necessary characters:
A set of legacy 8-bit fonts were developed by SIL Sudan using the SIL Encore 3 font system. Available fonts include: Dinka Charis, Dinka Doulos, Dinka Manuscript and Dinka Sophia. Unicode mapping tables are available at http://www.openroad.net.au/languages/african/dinka/mapping.html (These are to be avoided in favor of Unicode fonts)
An updated Dinka Tavultesoft Keyman layout is available from http://www.openroad.net.au/languages/african/dinka/keyboards.html
No information on use in Sudan or Ethiopia. There is some use online for literacy purposes in immigrant communities in Australia.
Web content includes a page with Dinka poetry at: http://home.vicnet.net.au/~agamlong/poetry/index.html
Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Dinka Padang : http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/lang/dinka.htm
About Dinka in Dinka :
None known of.
South Central Dinka:
Andrew Cunningham, Victoria State Library, Melbourne, Australia
Which dialect(s) to use for localisation?
Conditions in southern Sudan (the result of conflict) and the active work of some emmigrant communities may mean that localisation may be based among the latter for a time?
SIL International, Ethnologue: Languages of the World, "Northeastern Dinka," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=dip
______, "Northwestern Dinka," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=diw
______, "South Central Dinka," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=dib
______, "Southeastern Dinka," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=dks
______, "Southwestern Dinka," http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=dik
SIL International, "ISO 639 Code Tables," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/codes.asp
______, "ISO 639-3 Macrolangauge Mappings," http://www.sil.org/iso639-3/macrolanguages.asp
U.S. Library of Congress, "ISO 639.2: Codes for the Representation of Names of Languages: Alpha-3 codes arranged alphabetically by the English name of language," http://www.loc.gov/standards/iso639-2/php/English_list.php
Wikipedia, "Dinka language," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinka_language