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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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Schuh in one more study, "The Locus of Pluractional Reduplication in West Chadic" (2002), reveals that in Hausa and a number of other Chadic languages, reduplication of a root initial syllable is the productive method of forming pluractional verbs.
4; Bhatia 1993: 74-75), it is also found in languages of South America (Cubeo in Morse and Maxwell 1999: 174-177; Emerillon in Rose 2003: 490-492; Wari' in Everett and Kern 1997: 97-98), Papuan languages (Golin in Loughnane 2003; Hatam in Reesink 1999: 128 129: Usan in Reesink 1987: 255: Yimas in Foley 1991: 402-403), languages of the Caucasus (Abkhaz in Hewitt 1987: 38-40: Georgian in Hewitt 1987: 27-28), and Chadic languages (Lele in Frajzyngier 2001: 405-409, and more generally Frajzyngier 1991, 1996 on de ditto complementizers in Chadic and beyond).
UCLA was to be my academic home for the next five years, enabling me to publish several works on Hausa and Chadic languages in addition to teaching.
In terms of the overall families, the number of Cushitic and Chadic languages has increased, while the number of Iranian and Turkic languages has decreased.
Different from Goemai, most Chadic languages employ verbless structures in stative locative contexts (Frajzyngier 1987; Pawlak 1994).
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.
First of all, why would these Chadic languages borrow the word for "ear"--a basic body part?
The label "pronominal strategy" is probably less problematic for structures in Chadic languages (Frajzyngier 2000:186 ft.
I agree with Newman in rejecting this theory in favor of one of common retention from Proto-Afroasiatic, since many other Chadic languages also have this construction.
In another group of Chadic languages, including Kanakuru, Ngizim, and Tangale, the order is V--O--focus.
In this regard, it is important to keep in mind that more has been published about Hausa than all of the other Chadic languages combined.