Northeast Bantu languages

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Northeast Bantu
Northeast Savanna Bantu
Geographic
distribution
Tanzania, Kenya
Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog nort3203[1]
nyat1247  (Nyaturu–Nilamba)[2]

The Northeast Bantu languages are a group of Bantu languages spoken in East Africa. In Guthrie's geographic classification, they fall within Bantu zones E50 plus E46 (Sonjo), E60 plus E74a (Taita), F21–22, J, G60, plus Northeast Coast Bantu (of zones E & G).[3] Some of these languages (F21, most of E50, and some of J) share a phonological innovation called Dahl's Law that is unlikely to be borrowed as a productive process, though individual words reflecting Dahl's Law have been borrowed into neighboring languages.

The languages, or clusters, are:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Northeast Savanna Bantu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Nyaturu–Nilamba". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Derek Nurse, 2003, The Bantu Languages