Laalaa

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A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Lala, Lehar, Serer
Population

14,000 (2015 J. Leclerc).

Location

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

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

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].

Typology

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. Also use French [fra]. Also use Wolof [wol], particularly adults. Used as L2 by Ndut [ndv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 60% in French [fra], 35% in Wolof [wol]. Cultural association works on language development.
Writing

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.

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