Jola languages

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Not to be confused with Dioula language.
Jola
Diola
Geographic
distribution:
The Gambia, Senegal (esp. Casamance) and Guinea Bissau
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
Subdivisions:
  •  ? Bayot
  • Jola proper
Glottolog: nucl1345[1]

Jola or Diola is the name for a dialect cluster spoken in Senegal, The Gambia, and Guinea Bissau. It belongs to the Bak branch of the Niger–Congo language family.

Languages[edit]

The primary branches of Jola proper and to some extent Central Jola are not mutually intelligible. The main varieties are:

Bayot[edit]

Bayot, spoken around Ziguinchor, is grammatically Jola apart from a non-Jola pronominal system, but maybe half its vocabulary is non-Jola and even non-Atlantic. It may therefore be a language isolate with substantial Jola borrowing (relexification). In any case it is clearly distinct from (other) Jola languages.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Jola". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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