South Sudan, Sudan
Linguistic classificationNilo-Saharan?
Glottologburu1328  (Burun)

The Burun languages are a branch of the Nilotic languages. They include:

The languages were first described by Edward E. Evans-Pritchard in 1932. They are a dialect chain, close enough for some mutual intelligibility between neighboring varieties.

Most classifications include the family within the Western Nilotic branch, these include Starostin (2015),[1][2] Hammarström et al. (2016)[3] and Bender (2000). Blench (2012) classifies the family as a primary branch of Nilotic.[4]


  1. ^ Starostin, George (2015). Языки Африки. Опыт построения лексикостатистической классификации. Том II. Восточносуданские языки [The Languages of Africa: A New Lexicostatistical Classification.] (in Russian). Vol. II: The Eastern Sudanic Languages. Moscow: Languages of Slavic Culture. ISBN 9785457890718.
  2. ^ Starostin, George (2015) The Eastern Sudanic hypothesis tested through lexicostatistics: current state of affairs (Draft 1.0)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Western Nilotic". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ Nilo-Saharan list (Blench 2012)