|The Gambia, Senegal (esp. Casamance) and Guinea Bissau|
|Glottolog:||nucl1345 (Nuclear Jola)
The primary branches of Jola proper and to some extent Central Jola are not mutually intelligible. The main varieties are:
- Jola proper
- Central Jola
- (Jola) Fonyi (Kujamatay), spoken around Bignona. The official standard.
- Banjaal (Bandial), spoken in a small area south of the Casamance River.
- Gusilay, spoken in the village of Tionk Essil.
- Ejamat (Jola Felupe), spoken in a handful of villages south of Oussouye. Kerak may be a dialect.
- (Jola) Kasa, spoken around Oussouye.
- Kuwaataay, spoken along the coast south of the Casamance River.
- Central Jola
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.
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Nuclear Jola". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Bayot". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
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