Languages of Niger


Languages of Niger

Depending on how they are counted, Niger has between 8 and 20 indigenous languages. The discrepancy comes from the fact that several are closely related, and can be grouped together or considered apart.

French, inherited from the colonial period, is the official language. It is spoken mainly as a second/additional language by a relatively small percentage of the population.

The usual categorization of languages of Niger mentions eight national languages. These, their language families, the approximate percentage of the population that speak them, and their approximate home regions are as follows:

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=NE "Ethnologue" report on "Languages of Niger"]
* [http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/Niger PanAfriL10n page on Niger]
*fr [http://www.tlfq.ulaval.ca/axl/afrique/niger.htm Linguistic situation in Niger]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Niger–Congo languages — Niger–Congo Niger–Kordofanian (obsolete) Geographic distribution: Sub Saharan Africa Linguistic classification: one of the world s primary language families Subdivisions: Dogon …   Wikipedia

  • Languages of Africa — There are an estimated 2000 languages spoken in Africa. [ [http://www.panafril10n.org/wikidoc/pmwiki.php/PanAfrLoc/MajorLanguages Major Languages of Africa] ] About a hundred of these are widely used for inter ethnic communication. They fall into …   Wikipedia

  • Niger — For other uses, see Niger (disambiguation). Republic of Niger République du Niger (French) Jamhuriyar Nijar …   Wikipedia

  • Languages of the African Union — The languages of the African Union (AU) are languages used by citizens within the member states of the AU. The Union has defined all languages of Africa as official, and currently uses Arabic, English, French, and Portuguese as its working… …   Wikipedia

  • Niger-Congo languages — Family of some 1,400 languages of Africa. All of these are considered to be distinct languages and not simply dialects. The named dialects of these languages number many thousands more, not to mention the variant names for those languages and… …   Universalium

  • Niger-Congo languages — Infobox Language family name=Niger Congo altname=Niger Kordofanian (obsolete) region=Sub Saharan Africa familycolor=Niger Congo family=one of the world s primary language families child1=?? Bangi me child2=? Dogon child3=Ijoid child4=Mande child5 …   Wikipedia

  • Languages of Nigeria — Linguistic map of Nigeria, Cameroon, and Benin …   Wikipedia

  • Niger-Congo — Die Niger Kongo Sprachen – früher auch niger kordofanische Sprachen genannt – bilden eine Familie von fast 1.400 Sprachen, die von etwa 400 Millionen Menschen im westlichen, zentralen, östlichen und südlichen Afrika gesprochen werden. Das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Niger-Kongo — Die Niger Kongo Sprachen – früher auch niger kordofanische Sprachen genannt – bilden eine Familie von fast 1.400 Sprachen, die von etwa 400 Millionen Menschen im westlichen, zentralen, östlichen und südlichen Afrika gesprochen werden. Das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Niger-Kongo-Sprachen — Die Niger Kongo Sprachen – früher auch niger kordofanische Sprachen genannt – bilden eine Familie von fast 1.400 Sprachen, die von etwa 400 Millionen Menschen im westlichen, zentralen, östlichen und südlichen Afrika gesprochen werden. Das… …   Deutsch Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.