Bayot

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A language of Senegal

Alternate Names
Baiot, Baiote, Bayotte
Population

16,100 in Senegal (2006). Population total all countries: 18,790.

Location

Southwest of Ziguinchor, a cluster of villages grouped around Nyassia village. Also in Gambia, Guinea-Bissau.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Essin. A dialect subgroup. Phonology and vocabulary in Senegal are considerably different from the two Bayot dialects in Guinea-Bissau. Lexical similarity: 15%–18% with other Jola varieties (most similar).

Language Use

Also use Jola-Kasa [csk], Wolof [wol], Mankanya [knf], or Mandjak [mfv].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Bible portions.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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