Ibrahima speaking Pular

Published September 22, 2019

This video was recorded by Peter Julian in the Guinean province of Mamou. Pular is the most widely spoken Indigenous language of Guinea, constituting nearly a third of the nation's population. It is spoken primarily by the Fula people of Fouta Djallon, Guinea, but also by migrants in Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, and Mali. According to Glottolog, Pular has three varieties, including Fula Peta, Kebu Fula, and Krio Fula. Like other Fula languages, Pular does not contain tones, a distinction from the larger trend of tonality within Niger-Congo. Together the Fula languages comprise a dialect continuum spanning twenty countries in West and Central Africa. Pular is not to be confused with its relative, Pulaar, another Fula language that bears some mutual intelligibility, but posseses a distinct literary form. Pular is spoken by nearly 3 million people worldwide. It is a West Central Fula-Wolof language belonging to the Atlantic-Congo branch of the Niger-Congo language family.

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