Zande languages

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Zande
Geographic
distribution:
Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
  • ?
    • Zande
Subdivisions:
  • Barambo–Pambia
  • Zande–Nzakara
ISO 639-2 / 5: znd
Glottolog: zand1246[1]

The Zande languages are half a dozen closely related languages of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. The most populous language is Zande itself, with over a million speakers.

Languages[edit]

Per Glottolog, the structure of the family is as follows:

with Kpatili being a spurious distinction.[citation needed]

Classification[edit]

Zande was once included among the Ubangian languages, but that is no longer tenable.[2] It is not clear if it is a member of the Niger–Congo family, or where it might be in that family.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Zande". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Moñino (2010) "The position of Gbaya-Manza-Ngbaka group among the Niger-Congo languages"