Definition of Benue-Congo in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛnweɪ


  • Relating to or denoting a major branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages, spoken mainly in Nigeria and including Efik and Fula.
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    • The only published data on eBoze are some hundred words in the Benue-Congo Comparative Wordlist.
    • Frequently Niger-Congo is divided into the linguistic subgroups: Atlantic, Benue-Congo, Kwa, Mande and Voltaic.
    • Indeed, the Adamawa-Ubangi branches and Benue-Congo of the subfamily Niger-Congo nearly cover the whole Congolese territory.


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  • The Benue-Congo group of languages.
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    • Other African languages which have only singular logophoric pronouns include Babungo, a Grassfields language, Igbo, a Benue-Congo language, and Songhai, a Central Sudanic language.
    • Formerly considered as a Kwa language, recent research has placed Ibo in the Benue-Congo family of languages.
    • Like most Benue-Congo languages, Ibibio is tonal and is an example of a terraced level tone language.


from the names of rivers.

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