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Fulfulde, a language belonging to the Atlantic branch of the Niger-Congo family, is spoken by approximately 20 million people in West Africa, chiefly in the Sahel region. From Maasina (Mali) and eastward, the name of the language is Fulfulde; west of Maasina it is called Pulaar, except in Fuuta Jaloo (Guinea), where it is called Pular. Compare English Fulani (< Hausa Filā̀nī, pl. of Bàfilācḕ ‘Pullo’) and Fula (from a Mande language), French peul (< Wolof pël ‘Pullo’), and German Ful (the root of Fulfulde, Pullo…

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Rolf Theil, “Fulfulde”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 25 February 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0022>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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