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The Languages of Africa

Index The Languages of Africa

The Languages of Africa is a 1963 book of essays by Joseph Greenberg, in which the author sets forth a genetic classification of African languages that, with some changes, continues to be the most commonly used one today. [1]

15 relations: Adamawa–Ubangi languages, Afroasiatic languages, Bantoid languages, Bua languages, Gbe languages, Grebo languages, Jabo language, Jabo people, Joseph Greenberg, Khoisan languages, Languages of Africa, Mass comparison, Niger–Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, San people.

Adamawa–Ubangi languages

The Adamawa–Ubangi languages are a formerly postulated family of languages spoken in Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, by a total of about 12 million people.

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Afroasiatic languages

Afroasiatic (Afro-Asiatic), also known as Afrasian and traditionally as Hamito-Semitic (Chamito-Semitic) or Semito-Hamitic, is a large language family of about 300 languages and dialects.

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Bantoid languages

Bantoid is a putative major division of the Benue–Congo branch of the Niger–Congo language family.

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Bua languages

The Bua languages are a subgroup of the Mbum–Day subgroup of the Savanna languages spoken by fewer than 30,000 people in southern Chad in an area stretching roughly between the Chari River and the Guera Massif.

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Gbe languages

The Gbe languages (pronounced) form a cluster of about twenty related languages stretching across the area between eastern Ghana and western Nigeria.

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Grebo languages

Grebo is a dialect cluster of the Kru languages, spoken by the Grebo people of present-day Liberia and the Krumen of Ivory Coast in West Africa.

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Jabo language

The Jabo language is a Kru language spoken by the Jabo people of Liberia.

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Jabo people

Jabo (pronounced, variant spellings Dyabo, Djabo) is the self-designation of an ethnic group located in the southeastern part of the Republic of Liberia in West Africa.

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Joseph Greenberg

Joseph Harold Greenberg (May 28, 1915 – May 7, 2001) was an American linguist, known mainly for his work concerning linguistic typology and the genetic classification of languages.

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Khoisan languages

The Khoisan languages (also Khoesan or Khoesaan) are a group of African languages originally classified together by Joseph Greenberg.

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Languages of Africa

The languages of Africa are divided into six major language families.

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Mass comparison

Mass comparison is a method developed by Joseph Greenberg to determine the level of genetic relatedness between languages.

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Niger–Congo languages

The Niger–Congo languages constitute one of the world's major language families and Africa's largest in terms of geographical area, number of speakers and number of distinct languages.

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Nilo-Saharan languages

The Nilo-Saharan languages are a proposed family of African languages spoken by some 50–60 million people, mainly in the upper parts of the Chari and Nile rivers, including historic Nubia, north of where the two tributaries of the Nile meet.

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San people

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References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Languages_of_Africa

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