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Chadic Line breaks: Chad¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃadɪk/

Definition of Chadic in English:


[mass noun]
A group of Afro-Asiatic languages spoken in the region of Lake Chad, of which the most important is Hausa.
Example sentences
  • Arabic is a branch of the Semitic languages, which in turn belongs to the Afro-Asiatic language family together with Berber, Ancient Egyptian, Chadic, and Cushitic.
  • Since proto-Afrasian was probably not tonal, the most likely source of tone in Chadic is early and continued contact with non-Afrasian tone languages.
  • A common strategy of focusing a DP-constituent in Chadic is to move it to a designated position.


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Relating to the Chadic languages.
Example sentences
  • Finally, in languages like Lele, an East Chadic language, and Yg Dii, an Eastern Adamawa language, logophoric marking can be done in all three persons.
  • Guruntum is one of a number of small languages spoken in northeastern Nigeria which belong to the Chadic family, most of them under constant pressure from Hausa, with some danger of extinction.
  • Among the many other Chadic tongues are Angas, Bole, Gwandara, Ron, and other West Chadic languages; the Masa languages; Kera, Mubi, Nancere, Tobanga, and other East Chadic languages; and Kamwe, Kotoko, Mandara, and other Biu-Mandara languages.

Words that rhyme with Chadic

Cycladic, Helladic, maenadic, nomadic, sporadic, triadic
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