Ayere–Ahan languages

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Kogi State and Ondo State, Nigeria
Linguistic classificationNiger–Congo

The Ayere–Ahan languages are a pair of languages of southwestern Nigeria, Ayere and Àhàn (or Ahaan), that form an independent branch of the Volta–Niger languages. These languages are spoken in the border region of Kogi State and Ondo State, Nigeria.

The ASJP 4.0 classifies the Ayere–Ahan languages as most closely related to the Yoruboid languages.[2]

Names and locations[edit]

Below is a list of Ayere–Ahan language names and locations from Blench (2019).[3]

Language Alternate spellings Endonym(s) Location(s)
Ahan Àhàn Ondo State, Ekiti LGA, Ajowa, Igashi, and Omou towns
Uwu Ayere Kwara State, Oyi LGA, Kabba District

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Ayere–Ahan". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Müller, André, Viveka Velupillai, Søren Wichmann, Cecil H. Brown, Eric W. Holman, Sebastian Sauppe, Pamela Brown, Harald Hammarström, Oleg Belyaev, Johann-Mattis List, Dik Bakker, Dmitri Egorov, Matthias Urban, Robert Mailhammer, Matthew S. Dryer, Evgenia Korovina, David Beck, Helen Geyer, Pattie Epps, Anthony Grant, and Pilar Valenzuela. 2013. ASJP World Language Trees of Lexical Similarity: Version 4 (October 2013).
  3. ^ Blench, Roger (2019). An Atlas of Nigerian Languages (4th ed.). Cambridge: Kay Williamson Educational Foundation.