Yaka languages

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Linguistic classification Niger–Congo
Glottolog yaka1278  (partial match)[1]

The Yaka languages are a clade of Bantu languages coded Zone H.30 in Guthrie's classification. According to Nurse & Philippson (2003), with a couple additions the languages form a valid node. They are:

Yaka, SukuSonde, Mbangala, Shinji (Yungo), (H40) Hungana, (B80) Yansi (a variety or varieties)

The Yaka languages appear to be closest to Kongo.


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


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