Palor

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A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Falor, Palar, Serer, Siili, Siili-Mantine, Siili-Siili, Waro
Population

10,700 (2007), decreasing.

Location

West central, west southwest of Thiès.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Ba’ol, Kajor. 55% intelligibility of Ndut [ndv], 27% of Saafi-Saafi [sav]. Lexical similarity: 84% with Ndut [ndv], 74% with Saafi-Saafi [sav], 68% with Noon [snf] and Lehar [cae], 22% with Serer-Sine [srr].

Typology

SVO; nontonal.

Language Use

Home. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Also use French [fra], Saafi-Saafi [sav], Wolof [wol]. Used as L2 by Saafi-Saafi [sav].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 30% French; Wolof 10%.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

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