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Relating to or denoting a major branch of the Niger–Congo family of languages, spoken mainly in Nigeria and including Efik and Fula.
- ‘Frequently Niger-Congo is divided into the linguistic subgroups: Atlantic, Benue-Congo, Kwa, Mande and Voltaic.’
- ‘The Yorùbá language belongs to the West Benue-Congo of the Niger-Congo.’
- ‘Indeed, the Adamawa-Ubangi branches and Benue-Congo of the subfamily Niger-Congo nearly cover the whole Congolese territory.’
- ‘The only published data on eBoze are some hundred words in the Benue-Congo Comparative Wordlist.’
- ‘Luganda belons to the Bantu subgroup of the Benue-Congo of the Niger-Congo language family.’
[mass noun] The Benue-Congo group of languages.
- ‘Formerly considered as a Kwa language, recent research has placed Ibo in the Benue-Congo family of languages.’
- ‘Other African languages which have only singular logophoric pronouns include Babungo, a Grassfields language, Igbo, a Benue-Congo language, and Songhai, a Central Sudanic language.’
- ‘Like most Benue-Congo languages, Ibibio is tonal and is an example of a terraced level tone language.’
- ‘By far the most populous branch of the Niger-Congo family is the Benue-Congo group that includes over 700 languages.’
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