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Zande languages

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Linguistic classification  Niger–Congo ? Zande
Glottolog  zand1246
ISO 639-2 / 5  znd
Geographic distribution  Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
Subdivisions  Barambo–Pambia Zande–Nzakara

The Zande languages are half a dozen closely related languages of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. The most populous language is Zande proper, with over a million speakers.

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Languages

Per Boyd (1988), the structure of the family is as follows:

  • Barambo–Pambia: Barambu, Pambia, Ngala of Santandrea
  • Zande–Nzakara: Geme, Nzakara, Zande
  • Classification

    Zande was once included among the Ubangian languages, but that is no longer tenable. It is not clear if it is a member of the Niger–Congo family, or where it might be in that family.

    References

    Zande languages Wikipedia


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