A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Lala, Lehar, Serer

12,000 (2007).


Pambal area north of Thies, Mbaraglov, Dougnan; Tambacounda area.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. 52% intelligibility with Noon [snf]. Lexical similarity: 84% with Noon [snf], 74% with Saafi-Saafi [sav], 68% with Ndut [ndv] and Palor [fap], 22% with Serer-Sine [srr].


SVO; nontonal.

Language Use

Children learn Laalaa first. Youth being lost to cities causing decrease in L1 speakers. Shifting to Wolof [wol]. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Adults bilingual in Wolof [wol]. Also use French [fra]. Used as L2 by Ndut [ndv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 60% French; 35% Wolof. Cultural association works on language development.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Often identified by themselves and by the majority population as Serer, a widely used name for a cultural and linguistic group which includes the Serer-Sine language and the 5 Cangin languages. Muslim, Christian, traditional religion.