Definition of Benue-Congo in English:

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Benue-Congo

Pronunciation: /ˌbānˌwāˈkäNGɡō/

adjective

Relating to or denoting a major branch of the Niger-Congo family of languages, spoken mainly in Nigeria and including Efik and Fula.
Example sentences
  • 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.

noun

The Benue-Congo group of languages.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

From the names of rivers.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Be·nue-Con·go

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