A language of Guinea

Alternate Names
Foula Fouta, Fouta Dyalon, Fulbe, Fulfulde Jalon, Fullo Fuuta, Futa Fula, Futa Jallon, Fuuta Jalon, Jalon

2,550,000 in Guinea (Vanderaa 1991). Population total all countries: 2,929,200.


Northwest, Fouta Djallon area. Also in Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone.

Language Status

2 (Provincial). De facto language of national identity.


Fula Peta, Kebu Fula. Different enough from Pulaar [fuc] in Senegal to need separate literature. In Sierra Leone, recent immigrants from Guinea speak the original Futa Jallon dialect or the Kebu dialect (Dalby 1962). A slightly modified form of Futa Jallon is known as Krio Fula with many loans from Sierra Leone languages.

Language Use

Some also use Eastern Maninkakan [emk] or Susu [sus].

Language Development
Grammar. NT: 2011.
Arabic script. Latin script.
Other Comments

Heavy borrowing from Arabic. Formerly, extensive literature in Pular, but little still exists. Muslim, Christian.

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