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Adamawa-Ubangi Languages

Adamawa-Ubangi Languages  

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Formerly known as Adamawa-Eastern. They form one of the major branches of the Niger-Congo family. Adamawa-Ubangi languages are spoken in an area from eastern Nigeria through eastern Cameroon, ...
African Languages

African Languages  

The African continent forms one of the most complex linguistic areas of the world; estimates of the number of languages spoken there range from seven hundred to three thousand. Barely ...
Atlantic Languages

Atlantic Languages  

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Also called West Atlantic languages. They constitute one of the main branches of the Niger-Congo family. Atlantic languages are spoken primarily on the west cost of Africa from the Senegal ...
Bambara-Maninka-Jula

Bambara-Maninka-Jula  

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Bambara, Maninka (also spelled Mandinka), and Jula (also known as Malinke) are the three languages with the largest number of speakers of a group of languages collectively called Mandekan. They ...
Bantu

Bantu  

Spread of Bantu-speaking peoples across sub-Saharan Africa.Analysis of linguistic and genetic evidence suggests that groups of Bantu speakers, who originated in present-day eastern Nigeria and ...
Benue-Congo Languages

Benue-Congo Languages  

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These languages constitute one of the main branches of the Niger-Congo family; they are spoken from the Benin-Nigeria border eastward and southward to cover most of the rest of the continent, except ...
Fula

Fula  

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Fula, also called Fulfulde or Pulaar (and Peul, in French), is the language of the Fulɓe (sg. Pullo) or Fulani, who live throughout the more northerly regions of most West ...
Fulani

Fulani  

Pastoral people of West Africa widely dispersed through parts of Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, and Cameroon, with smaller numbers in surrounding countries; also known as Peul, Fula, and ...
Igbo

Igbo  

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One of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria, with roughly 17 to 20 million Igbos concentrated in the southeastern part of the country.Belonging to the Kwa subgroup of the ...
Ijoid Languages

Ijoid Languages  

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These language are spoken in the Niger Delta of Nigeria, and constitute a subgroup within the Niger-Congo family.LANGUAGE LISTBiseni: also called Buseni, Amegi, Northeast Central Ijo. 4,800 speakers ...
Kordofanian Languages

Kordofanian Languages  

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Spoken in the Nuba Mountains, in northern Sudan. They form a branch of the Niger-Congo family. Note that in the language lists the Kadugli languages are treated as unclassified Nilo-Saharan ...
Kru Languages

Kru Languages  

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Are spoken mainly in southwestern Ivory Coast and southern Liberia; they form a branch of the Niger-Congo family.LANGUAGE LISTAizi, Aproumu: also called Ahizi, Aprwe, Aprou, Oprou, Aproumu. 6,500 ...
language

language  

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1. The phenomenon of human symbolic communication, including speech, writing, and sign language. In face-to-face interaction, language is arguably inseparable from nonverbal communication, often ...
Mande Languages

Mande Languages  

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A branch of the Niger-Congo family; they are spoken over large parts of West Africa, including substantial parts of Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ivory Coast, and in smaller ...
Wolof

Wolof  

Ethnic group of Senegal, Gambia, and Mauritania.The Wolof, numbering approximately 4.9 million people, are the largest ethnic group in Senegal and form a minority in The Gambia and in ...
Yoruba

Yoruba  

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Group of peoples sharing the Yoruba language and a range of cultural traditions, concentrated in Nigeria but forming smaller communities in Benin and Togo.Today more than thirty million people ...

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