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Niger-Congo languages
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Niger-Congo languages

The Niger-Congo languages are probably the largest group of the world in terms of different languages. Some of the African Languages with the largest number of speakers belong to it.

Joseph H. Greenberg was the first to identify the boundaries of this family, which he called Niger-Kordofanian, in his book Languages of Africa. John Bendor-Samuel introducted the name Niger-Congo for the whole family, which is in current use among linguists. (see Kordofanian languages)

The major languages or subgroups belonging to Niger-Congo are

Some linguists link the thirty or so Kordofanian languages to the Niger-Congo family, forming a Niger-Kordofanian language family. While a plausible hypothesis, this idea is still generally regarded as not proven.

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