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Wolof
Other spellings: Ouolof; Volof; Walaf; Yallof


Language of Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania spoken by 4 million (2006 estimate). In Mauritania, there are about 300,000, but estimate vary very much; Ethnologue sets it at 12,000.
Wolof is spoken by the Wolof people. Being of the Fula-Wolof family, Wolof is related to Pulaar. Dialects used in Mauritania are Baol, Cayor, Djolof, Lebou and Ndyanger. Depending on region, Wolof is written in Arabic or Latin script.
The Latin writing was standardized in 1974, using many diacritic signs. Below is an example of wolof in Latin, from the 1st article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Doomi aadama ypp danuy juddu, yam ci tawfeex ci sag ak sa-sa. Nekk na it ku xam dgg te nd na ak xelam, te war naa jflante ak nawleen, te teg ko ci wllu mbokk.





By Tore Kjeilen