Noon language

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Native to Senegal
Region Thiès
Ethnicity Serer-Noon
Native speakers
33,000  (2007)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 snf
Glottolog noon1242[2]

Noon (Non, None, Serer-Noon) is a Cangin language of Senegal. Ethnologue reports that it is 84% cognate (and 52% intelligible) with Lehar, essentially a divergent dialect, and 68% cognate with the other Cangin languages.

The Noon people identify themselves ethnically as Serer. However, their language, often called Serer-Noon on the assumption that it is a Serer dialect, is not closely related.


Like many of the local languages in Senegal, the Noon language is officially recognized as one of the national languages of country.[3]


The Noon language is written using the Latin alphabet. In 2005, a decree was passed by the Senegalese Government in order to regulate the spelling to Noon.[4]

Letters of the alphabet
A B Ɓ C D Ɗ E Ë F G H I J K L M N Ñ Ŋ O P R S T U W Y Ƴ ʼ
a b ɓ c d ɗ e ë f g h i j k l m n ñ ŋ o p r s t u w y ƴ ʼ


  1. ^ Noon at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Noon". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Ethnologue, Languages of the World. Report
  4. ^ (French) Gouvernement du Sénégal, Décret n° 2005-986 du 21 octobre 2005 relatif à l'orthographe et à la séparation des mots en noon.