West Chadic languages

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West Chadic
Nigeria, Niger
Linguistic classificationAfro-Asiatic
  • Hausa
  • Bole–Angas
  • Bade–Warji
  • Barawa
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West Chadic per Newman (1977)
Main Chadic-speaking peoples in Nigeria.
Hausa-speaking areas in Nigeria and Niger

The West Chadic languages of the Afro-Asiatic family are spoken principally in Niger and Nigeria. They include Hausa, the most populous Chadic language and a major language of West Africa.


The branches of West Chadic go either by names or by letters and numbers in an outline format.[2]

In addition, Poki is unclassified within West Chadic.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "West Chadic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)
  3. ^ a b Blench, Roger. 2017. Current research on the A3 West Chadic languages.
  4. ^ Blench, Roger. Comparative Ron wordlist.