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Wolof is a language of Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania, and the native language of the Wolof people. Like the neighbouring languages Serer and Fula, it belongs to the Senegambian branch of the Niger–Congo language family. Unlike most other languages of Sub-Saharan Africa, Wolof is not a tonal language. Wolof originated as the language of the Lebou people. It is the most widely spoken language in Senegal, spoken natively by the Wolof people (40% of the population) but also by most other Senegalese as a second language. Wolof dialects vary geographically and between rural and urban areas. Dakar-Wolof, for instance, is an urban mixture of Wolof, French, and Arabic. Wolof is the standard spelling, and may refer to the Wolof people or to Wolof culture. Older French publications may use the spelling Ouolof, and some English publications Wollof, predominantly referring to (anglophone) Gambian Wolof. Prior to the 20th century, the forms Volof and Olof were used. Wolof words in English are believed to include yam, from Wolof nyami to eat food, nyam in Barbadian English meaning to eat (also compare Seychellois nyanmnyanm, also meaning to eat).
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Names (more)

[af] Wolof
[am] ዎሎፍኛ
[ar] الولوف
[az] volof dili
[bn] উওলোফ
[bs] volof
[br] wolof
[bg] волоф
[ca] wòlof
[cs] wolofština
[cy] Woloff
[da] wolof
[de] Wolof
[dz] ཝོ་ལོཕ་ཁ
[el] Γουόλοφ
[en] Wolof
[eo] volofa
[et] volofi
[eu] wolofera
[ee] wolofgbe
[fo] wolof
[fa] ولوفی
[fi] wolof
[fr] wolof
[gd] Wolof
[ga] Volaifis
[gl] wólof
[gu] વોલોફ
[he] ג׳ולוף
[hi] वोलोफ
[hr] wolof
[hu] volof
[id] Wolof
[is] volof
[it] volof
[ja] ウォロフ語
[kn] ವೋಲೋಫ್
[ks] وولوف
[km] វូឡុហ្វ
[ko] 올로프어
[lo] ວູບ
[lv] volofu
[lt] volofų
[ml] വൊളോഫ്
[mr] वोलोफ
[mk] волофски
[mt] Wolof
[ne] वुलुफ
[nl] Wolof
[nn] wolof
[nb] wolof
[or] ୱୋଲଫ୍
[pl] wolof
[pt] uólofe
[rm] wolof
[ro] wolof
[ru] волоф
[si] වොලොෆ්
[sk] wolof
[sl] volofščina
[es] uolof
[sr] Волоф
[sv] wolof
[ta] ஒலூஃப்
[te] వొలాఫ్
[th] โวลอฟ
[to] lea fakaʻuolofo
[tr] Volofça
[uk] волоф
[ur] وولوف
[vi] Tiếng Wolof
[zu] isi-Wolof

Language type : Living

Language resources for Wolof

Open Languages Archives

Wolof Wikipedia
Wolof Wiktionary
Wiktionary - Category:Wolof language [en]
Wiktionnaire - Catégorie:wolof [fr]

Freelang Dictionary [en]
Dictionnaire Freelang [fr]
Lexilogos Dictionaries [en]
Dictionnaires Lexilogos [fr]
Dictionnaires Lexicool [fr]

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ISO 639 Codes

ISO 639-1 : wo
ISO 639-2B : wol
ISO 639-2T : wol
ISO 639-3 : wol

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