Languages of Chad

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Chad has two official languages, French and literary Arabic, and over 120 indigenous languages. A vernacular version of Arabic, Chadian Arabic, is the lingua franca.

Chadian Sign Language is actually Nigerian Sign Language, a dialect of American Sign Language; Andrew Foster introduced ASL in the 1960s, and Chadian teachers for the deaf train in Nigeria.

Niger–Congo languages[edit]

Nilo-Saharan languages[edit]

Afro-Asiatic languages[edit]

(Ethnologue lists 54 Chadic languages in Chad altogether, many of them small.)

Creole languages[edit]

Unclassified languages[edit]

  • Laal (749, SIL 2000)

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