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Serer
Spoken in: Senegal, the Gambia, Mauritania 
Region: West Africa
Total speakers: 3.2 million (mother tongue)

3.5 million (second language)  Western Africa (UN subregion)  Maghreb[1] West Africa or Western Africa is the westernmost region of the African continent. ...

Language family: Niger-Congo
 Atlantic-Congo
  Atlantic
   Senegambian
    Serer
Language codes
ISO 639-1: none
ISO 639-2: srr
ISO 639-3: srr — Serer

The Serer (also spelled Sérère, Sereer, etc.) are the second largest ethnic group in Senegal, a major group in The Gambia, and also present in Mauritania. Their traditional kingdoms include the Kingdom of Sine and Kingdom of Saloum. They are divided into several groups that speak mutually-unintelligible languages: Current distribution of Human Language Families Most languages are known to belong to language families. ... Map showing the distribution of Niger-Congo languages The Niger-Congo languages constitute one of the worlds major language families, and Africas largest in terms of geographical area, number of speakers, and number of distinct languages. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The (West) Atlantic languages1 of West Africa are a subgroup of Niger-Congo language family. ... ISO 639-1 is the first part of the ISO 639 international-standard language-code family. ... ISO 639-2 is the second part of the ISO 639 standard, which lists codes for the representation of the names of languages. ... ISO 639-3 is in process of development as an international standard for language codes. ... Not to be confused with the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Phonetics (from the Greek word φωνή, phone meaning sound, voice) is the study of the sounds of human speech. ... Unicode is an industry standard designed to allow text and symbols from all of the writing systems of the world to be consistently represented and manipulated by computers. ... This chart shows concisely the most common way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is applied to represent the English language. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Kingdom of Saloum in Senegal is a traditional kingdom which was founded in the late 15th century by the Gelwaar or nobles from the Kingdom of Gaabu to the south. ...

All the Serer languages except Serer-Sine (the largest) are classified among the Cangin languages. The Serer believe in a universal God called Roog and have an elaborate religious tradition dealing with various dimensions of life and death, space and time, and ancestral spirit communications. As a group, the Serer are resistant to foreign religious traditions and were slow to adopt Islam, though many are Catholic. The most famous Serer, Léopold Sédar Senghor, was Senegal's first president and a Catholic. As the second-largest group in Senegal, they have been somewhat overwhelmed by the energetic and dominant Wolof. Most Serer speak Wolof as a second language, and those who have grown up in the cities often speak it as a first language. The Kingdom of Saloum in Senegal is a traditional kingdom which was founded in the late 15th century by the Gelwaar or nobles from the Kingdom of Gaabu to the south. ... The Mosque in Medina Baay, Kaolack. ... Diourbel is a town in Senegal lying east of Thiès. ... (City of Dakar, divided into 19 communes darrondissement) City proper (commune) Région Dakar Département Dakar Mayor Pape Diop (PDS) (since 2002) Area 82. ... The Serer-Ndut ethnic group are approximately 22,000 Serer people, most living in central Senegal in the district of Mont-Roland, northwest of the city of Thies. ... Thiès is the second largest city in Senegal, lying east of Dakar on the N2 road and at the junction of railway lines to Dakar, Bamako and St-Louis. ... Biffeche or Bifeche was the early name for a medium-sized island (Isle de Bifeche) in the delta of the Senegal River in West Africa, some two miles upstream from the island of NDar on which Saint-Louis, Senegal [1] was founded. ... The Senegal River, in West Africa, forms the border between Senegal and Mauritania. ... Thiès is the second largest city in Senegal, lying east of Dakar on the N2 road and at the junction of railway lines to Dakar, Bamako and St-Louis. ... Rufisque is a city in the Dakar region of western Senegal, on the southeatern point of the Cap Vert Peninsula. ... Thiès is the second largest city in Senegal, lying east of Dakar on the N2 road and at the junction of railway lines to Dakar, Bamako and St-Louis. ... Thiès is the second largest city in Senegal, lying east of Dakar on the N2 road and at the junction of railway lines to Dakar, Bamako and St-Louis. ... Léopold Sédar Senghor (October 9, 1906 – December 20, 2001) was a Senegalese poet and politician who served as the first president of Senegal (1960–1980). ... The Wolof are an ethnic group found in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania. ...


Historically, the Serer believe that they migrated to central Senegal from the North in the 10th to 13th centuries.


Some Serer Greetings

The following greetings and responses and spoken in most regions of Senegal that have serer speakers.


Nam fi'o? (pronounced, nam feeyoh) = How are you doing? -response = mexe meen (prounounced, may hay men) = I am here.


Ta mbind na? (pronounced, tah mbind nah) = How is the family? -Response = Owa maa (pronounced owa maa) = it is good.


In Senegalese culture, greetings are very important. Sometimes, villagers will spend minutes greeting each other.


External links

  • Serer-Sine page from Ethnologue site
  • [1] Serer Nikah Şekeri-Davetiye Organizasyon

See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
Serer: Information from Answers.com (497 words)
The Serer (also spelled Sérère, Sereer, etc.) are the second largest ethnic group in Senegal, a major group in The Gambia, and also present in Mauritania.
All the Serer languages except Serer-Sine (the largest) are classified among the Cangin languages.
The most famous Serer, Léopold Sédar Senghor, was Senegal's first president and a Catholic.
Serer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (284 words)
The Serer (also spelled Sérère, Sereer, etc.) are the second largest ethnic group in Senegal, a major group in The Gambia, and also present in Mauritania.
All the Serer languages except Serer-Sine (the largest) are classified among the Cangin languages.
The Serer believe in a unversal God called Roog and have an elaborate religious tradition dealing with various dimensions of life and death, space and time, and ancestral spirit communications.
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