Tetela languages

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Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog kusu1254  (Tetela + Bushoong)[1]

The Tetela languages are a clade of Bantu languages coded Zone C.70 in Guthrie's classification. According to Nurse & Philippson (2003), together with C.81 Dengese and C.89, the Shuwa "dialect" of Bushoong, the languages form a valid node. They are:

TetelaHamba, Kusu, Nkutu, Yela, Ombo, (C80) Dengese, Shuwa (Pianga)

However, Yela is the same language as Kela, which is classified differently.

Maho (2009) adds Langa to C.70.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tetela + Bushoong". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 


  • Nurse & Philippson (2003), The Bantu Languages.