Saharan languages

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Saharan
Geographic
distribution:
Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Sudan, Cameroon
Linguistic classification: Nilo-Saharan?
  • Saharan
Subdivisions:
  • Eastern Saharan
  • Western Saharan
Glottolog: saha1256[1]
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Range of the Saharan languages

The Saharan languages are a small family of languages spoken across parts of the eastern Sahara, extending from northwestern Darfur to southern Libya, north and central Chad, eastern Niger and northeastern Nigeria. Noted Saharan languages include Kanuri (4 million speakers, around Lake Chad in Chad, Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon), Dazaga (330,000 speakers, Chad), Tedaga (49,000 speakers, northern Chad), and Zaghawa (170,000 speakers, eastern Chad and Darfur). They are a part of the proposed Nilo-Saharan family.

Internal classification[edit]

Saharan 
 Eastern 

 Berti (AKA Sagato;[2] extinct), Zaghawa (AKA Beria[2])


 Western 
 Kanuri 

 Kanuri (Bilma, Manga, Tumari, Central), Kanembu (Tarjumo[1])


 Tebu 

 Dazaga, Tedaga




References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Saharan". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.rogerblench.info/Language/Nilo-Saharan/General/Saharan%20Songhay%20branch.pdf