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

Chad′ic adj.
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(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
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(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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The topics include focus, questions, and givenness; the scalar particle har'i in Ngamo (West Chadic); inferring meaning from indirect answers to polar questions: the contribution of the rise-fall-rise contour; and two alternatives for disjunction: an inquisitive reconciliation.
Kushi is a Chadic language belonging to the Tangale proper of the Bole-Tangale group (West Chadic).
GALWAY: 2.15 Chadic, 2.45 Irish Bulletin, 3.20 Reckless Endeavour, 3.55 Road To Riches, 4.30 Mr Fiftyone, 5.00 Tarazani, 5.30 Nonetheless, 6.00 Mountain Rock.
GALWAY: 2.15 Chadic, 2.45 Irish Bulletin, Endeavour, 3.55 Road To Riches, Fiftyone, 5.00 Tarazani, 5.30 Nonetheless, Mountain Rock.
ROBBIE McNAMARA made a blistering start to his training career when his first runner Chadic was a winner and the same horse runs in the valuable Connacht Hotel (QR) Handicap over an extended two miles at Galway this evening.
Whereas the first event is expressed by means of a lexical root, the second is expressed by means of a derivational suffix, as I will show for the Afroasiatic Chadic language Hausa (Section 2.1), the Niger-Congo language Tima (Section 2.2), and a number of Nilo-Saharan Nilotic languages (Section 2.3).
Winner of a Redcar maiden on her second start back in May, the daughter of Champs Elysees was not sighted again until finishing second at Chester in July, when she did not enjoy the best of runs in behind winner Chadic.
TRUST Chadic to continue Mark Johnston's winning streak on Ayr's exciting July Finale Raceday.
Throughout this paper I refer to the inhabitants of the mountains, piedmonts and the surrounding inselbergs and nearby plains as 'montagnards', (2) descendants of small populations speaking closely related Chadic (Afro-Asiatic) languages who occupied the region in the first and early second millennium AD.
Chadic was an easy winner of an Ayr maiden this month and it is worth remembering two of Mark Johnston's Vintage winners broke the ice at the Scottish track.
Indigenes from the Chadic tribes of the Plateau are commonly found in Jos though they originate from villages and communities outside of Jos.