Jola-Fonyi is a member of the Bak branch of the Atlantic-Congo language family. It is spoken mainly in the Casamance region in southern Senegal, and also in Gambia and Guinea-Bissau. In 2006 there were about 410,000 speakers of Jola-Fonyi, which is also known as Diola-Fogny, Dyola, Jola-Fogny, Jóola-Fóoñi, Kujamataak, Kújoolaak kati, Kúfooñaak, or Yola.
Jola-Fonyi is used to some extent in education, commerce, administration and religious services, and also on TV and radio.
There are ways to write Jola-Fonyi with the Arabic script, and also with the Latin alphabet.
An acute accent over a vowel (á) indicates it is pronounced with an advanced tongue root.
Download an alphabet chart for Jola-Fonyi (Excel)
Bukanak búrom nan kuwolimi kurere kererer di waafaw búrom. Kubabaj poop búyejet di karampenoor.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Jola-Fonyi language
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Page last modified: 23.04.21
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