Languages

Bantu languages

Introduction

The Bantu languages (technically Narrow Bantu languages) constitute a grouping belonging to the Niger-Congo family. This grouping is deep down in the genealogical tree of the Bantoid grouping, which in turn is deep down in the Niger-Congo tree. By one estimate, there are 513 languages in the Bantu grouping, 681 languages in Bantoid, and 1,514 in Niger-Congo.

Geographic distribution

Bantu languages are spoken largely east and south of the present day nation of Nigeria; i.e., in the regions commonly known as central Africa, east Africa, and southern Africa.

Bantu languages tree

Source: http://goto.glocalnet.net/maho/webresources/bantu.html
Map of the Bantu speaking area.
  • Central (337)
    • D (32)
    • E (36)
    • F (16)
    • G (36)
    • H (22)
    • J (45)
    • K (27)
    • L (14)
    • M (20)
    • N (13)
    • P (29)
    • R (12)
    • S (26)
    • Unclassified (9)
  • Northwest (174)
    • A (53)
    • B (52)
    • C (69)
  • Unclassified (2)

Bantu languages in WikiVerb

Categories: Niger-Congo | Family

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