West Chadic languages

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West Chadic
Nigeria, Niger
Linguistic classification: Afro-Asiatic
  • Hausa
  • Bole–Angas
  • Bade–Warji
  • Barawa
Glottolog: west2785[1]
West Chadic per Newman (1977)
Main Chadic-speaking peoples in Nigeria.
Hausa-speaking areas in Nigeria and Niger.

The West Chadic languages of the Afro-Asiatic family are spoken principally in Niger and Nigeria. They include Hausa, the most populous Chadic language and the major language of West Africa.


The branches of West Chadic go either by names or by letters and numbers in an outline format.[2]

In addition, Poki is unclassified within West Chadic.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "West Chadic". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)