Kerak

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A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Her, Keerak, Keeraku
Population

13,200 (2006).

Location

Extreme southwest corner near Guinea-Bissau border, Kabrousse village and area.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Distinct from other Jola varieties. Lexical similarity: 70% with Kerak and Ejamat [eja], more recent estimates are closer to 90%. Both languages are mutually intelligible.

Language Use

Those who have moved to larger urban areas no longer pass the language to their children (2013 SIL). All ages. Also use French [fra], Wolof [wol].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%.