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A subgroup of the Afro-Asiatic language family, spoken in west-central Africa and including Hausa.

Chad′ic adj.


(Languages) a subfamily of the Afro-Asiatic family of languages, spoken in an area west and south of Lake Chad, the chief member of which is Hausa
(Languages) denoting, relating to, or belonging to this group of languages


(ˈtʃæd ɪk)

a language family of Africa, a branch of the Afroasiatic family, that includes Hausa and a large number of less widely spoken languages of N Nigeria, N Cameroon, and Chad.
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Noun1.Chadic - a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa
West Chadic - a group of Chadic languages spoken in northern Nigeria; Hausa in the most important member
Biu-Mandara - a group of Chadic languages spoken in the border area between Cameroon and Nigeria south of Lake Chad
East Chadic - a group of Chadic languages spoken in Chad
Masa - an independent group of closely related Chadic languages spoken in the area between the Biu-Mandara and East Chadic languages
Afrasian, Afrasian language, Afroasiatic, Afro-Asiatic, Afroasiatic language, Hamito-Semitic - a large family of related languages spoken both in Asia and Africa
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We may thus tentatively conclude that the postverbal FC in Kanakuru (and perhaps also in other Chadic languages) is an instantiation of Po[l.
199-217) reports on experimental studies concerning question intonation contours in several Chadic languages measuring FO values.
Results of typological research on focus have shown that languages as diverse as Hungarian (Kiss 1998; Kenesei 1999), Aghem (a Grasfield Bantu language; Watters 1979; Hyman and Watters 1984), Vute (Thwing and Watters 1987), Kimatuumbi (Odden 1984), Akan (a Kwa language spoken in Ghana; Drubig 1998), and Kanakuru (a Chadic language; Tuller 1992) distinguish between presentational and contrastive focus, either by overt movement to a contrastive-focus position, as in the case of Hungarian, or by morphological marking, as in the case of some of the African languages (cf.
Birgit Hellwig discusses "Serial Verb Constructions in Goemai", a West Chadic language (spoken in Nigeria) with isolating tendencies, in Chapter 3 (pp.
Genial typological similarities allegedly detected between Japanese and languages such as Chadic or Tibetan are frequently invoked to "explain history"; sometimes also such references to Altaic languages slip in (e.
And Ehret's "family" tree based on a total ignorance of Berber and methodological errors separates Cushitic from Chadic plus Egyptian-Berber-Semitic.
Particular languages close to Hausa where the schema has been observed include Margi (Hoffmann 1963: 238), Miya (Schuh 1998: 320), Mupun (Frajzyngier 1991: 45), and many other Chadic languages (Liu 1991: 88ff.
Hausa and the Chadic Language Family: A Bibliography.
The label "pronominal strategy" is probably less problematic for structures in Chadic languages (Frajzyngier 2000:186 ft.
Sergio Baldi compares the perfect in Hausa with Semitic and Chadic (Mokilko and Kwami).
7) He even refers to the most distinct of the so-called "Hamitic" languages--Hausa and Ful or Fulani of West Africa--but very insufficient materials were then available, especially for Ful--in fact, it was only a few decades ago that Ful was finally ruled out of the Chadic branch of Afroasiatic to which Hausa belongs.
Newman has long been interested in the diachronic aspects of Hausa and comparative Chadic, and historical notes are interspersed throughout this volume, thereby adding a dimension rare in synchronic reference grammars.