Chakato language

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Jakato; Jorto
Native toNigeria
RegionPlateau State
Native speakers
500 (2016)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3jrt

Chakato (Jakato [ʒàkàtɔ̀]) is a West Chadic language spoken in Plateau State, Nigeria. It was identified by Roger Blench in 2016.[1] It is spoken by about 500 people in one village, Dokan Tofa, which is located on the Jos-Shendam road in Plateau State. Blench (2017) suggests that Chakato may be related to spurious records of the Jorto language. Chakato speakers claim that their language is closely related to Goemai.[1]

Jakato is spoken in Dokan Tofa town and nearby villages in southern Plateau State. Dokan Tofa town is situated about 50 km north of Shendam.[3]


Jorto is a putative Afro-Asiatic language claimed to be spoken in Plateau State, Nigeria, and is currently listed in Ethnologue. It was introduced in an ethnographic study by C. G. Ames in 1934.[4] It has now been retired by Glottolog, based on fieldwork evidence presented by Roger Blench that suggests that there is no independent evidence that Jorto ever existed.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c Blench, Roger. 2017. Current research on the A3 West Chadic languages.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Jorto". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Blench, Roger (2019). "Jakato: an undocumented language of Central Nigeria".
  4. ^ Ames, C. G. (1934). Gazeteer of the Plateau Province, Nigeria.
  5. ^ Blench, Roger (28 September 2016). "Five unexpected Chadic languages and the sorry tale of Jorto" (Presentation). Leiden: Paper presented at CALL.
  6. ^ Blench, Roger. 2017. Current research on the A3 West Chadic languages.