Niger-Kordofanian language


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Noun1.Niger-Kordofanian language - the family of languages that includes most of the languages spoken in Africa south of the Sahara; the majority of them are tonal languages but there are important exceptions (e.g., Swahili or Fula)
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Kordofanian - a group of languages spoken in the relatively small Kordofan area of the south Sudan
Niger-Congo - a family of African language spoken in west Africa
Swahili - the most widely spoken Bantu languages; the official language of Kenya and Tanzania and widely used as a lingua franca in east and central Africa
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The few educated southern Sudanese were, however, English-speaking (as a second language), whereas they spoke as their mother tongue a variety of Nilo-Saharan and Niger-Kordofanian languages (Dinka, Nuer, Shilluk, Bari, Moru, Zande, etc.

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