Sira languages

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Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
Glottolog: sira1268  (Sira (B.40))[1]

The Sira languages are a clade of Bantu languages coded Zone B.40 in Guthrie's classification. According to Nurse & Philippson (2003), together with a couple languages from H10, they form a valid node. They are:

(B.40) Punu, Bwisi, Varama, Vungu, Shira–Bwali, Sangu, Lumbu, (H.10) Vili, Kunyi.

Maho (2009) adds Ngubi.

In addition, the unclassified Pygmy language Rimba (Irimba) is generally assumed to be a dialect of Punu.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Sira (B.40)". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 


  • Nurse & Philippson (2003), The Bantu Languages.