Thuɔk ë Rëël
Native toSouth Sudan
EthnicityAtwot people
Native speakers
116,000 (2017)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3atu

Reel, or Atwot, is a Nilotic language of South Sudan that is closely related to Nuer. They call themselves Reel; Atwot is their Dinka name.



Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Nasal m n ɲ ŋ
Plosive Voiceless p t c k ʔ
Voiced b d ɟ ɡ
Trill r
Approximant w j

/t̪/ varies with [s], /c/ with [ç], /p/ with [ɸ], and /ʔ/ with [ɦ].


Front Back
High i iˑ iː

i̤ i̤ˑ i̤ː

u uˑ uː

ṳ ṳˑ ṳː

Close-mid e eˑ eː

e̤ e̤ˑ e̤ː

o oˑ oː

o̤ oː o̤ː

Open-mid ɛ ɛˑ ɛː

ɛ̤ ɛ̤ˑ ɛ̤ː

ɔ ɔˑ ɔː

ɔ̤ ɔ̤ˑ ɔ̤ː

Low a aˑ aː

a̤ a̤ˑ a̤ː


Reel has three tones - high, low, and rising.

See also


  1. ^ Reel at Ethnologue (26th ed., 2023) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Christopher Green and Steven Moran . 2019. Reel sound inventory (GM). In: Moran, Steven & McCloy, Daniel (eds.)