|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.
- Bandial, spoken in a small area south of the Casamance River.
- Gusilay, spoken in the village of Thionck Essyl.
- Jola-Felupe (Ediamat), spoken in a handful of villages south of Oussouye in Oussouye Department. Kerak may be a dialect.
- (Jola) Kasa, spoken around Oussouye.
- Kwatay (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.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nuclear Jola". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Bayot". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
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