Oti–Volta languages


Oti–Volta languages
Oti–Volta
Geographic
distribution:
Burkina Faso, northern Ghana and Benin
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
Subdivisions:

The Oti–Volta languages form a subgroup of the Gur languages, comprising about 30 languages of northern Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso spoken by twelve million people. The most populous language is Mòoré, the national language of Burkina, spoken by five million people. The languages are largely mutually intelligible.

The family is named for the Oti and Volta rivers.

Languages

The internal classification of Oti–Volta, as worked out by Manessy 1975–79 (Williamson & Blench 2000) is as follows:

Oti–Volta 

Buli–Koma: Buli, Konni




Eastern (Somba): Biali, Mbelime, Tammari (Ditammari), Waama



Western
(Mole–Dagbani) 

Nootre



Northwest: Mòoré, Frafra, Safaliba, Wali, DagaareBirifor



Southeast: Dagbani, Hanga, Kamara, Kusaal, Mampruli, Kantosi





Gurma: Ngangam, Gourmanchéma, Moba (Bimoba), Ntcham (Akaselem), Nateni, Miyobe, Konkomba



Yom–Nawdm: Nawdm, Yom






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