Tarokoid languages

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Tarokoid
Plateau VII
Geographic
distribution
Nigeria
Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog taro1265[1]

The five Tarokoid languages are a branch of the Plateau family spoken in central Nigeria, just north of the middle reaches of the Benue River. Tarok itself has 300,000 speakers, with Pe and Sur about 5,000 apiece. Yangkam is severely endangered, being spoken by around fifty elderly men.

Classification[edit]

The only language with significant data is Tarok. Pe (Pai) has been placed in various branches of Plateau, but it now seems clear that the following four languages belong together.

Tarokoid 



Tarok (Yergam)



Pe (Pai)




Yankam (Bashar)




Sur (Tapshin)



As of 2012, the Kwang (Kwanka) language cluster, consisting of four closely related dialects, is also thought to be Tarokoid.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tarokoid". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 

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