Savanna languages


Savanna languages

Infobox Language family
name=Savannas
region=West Africa, around Burkina Faso in the west to CAR in the east
familycolor=Niger-Congo
fam2=Atlantic-Congo
The Savannas family of languages is a postulated branch of the Niger-Congo languages that includes the old Gur and Adamawa-Ubangui families. The change was motivated by the recognition that the Adamawa languages do not form a coherent group, and that they are not necessarily more closely related to Ubangi than they are to Gur. The Gur languages also turned out to be a poorly supported group, and only the core of that proposal (Central Gur) has been retained, though it is possible that some of the 'peripheral' languages may turn out to be related to each other. The Savannas languages are as follows:
* Ubangi languages
* (Central) Gur languages
* Kulango languages (Kulango, Lorhon: ex-Gur)
* "Bariba" (Baatonũ: ex-Gur)
* "Vyemo" (ex-Gur)
* "Tyefo" (ex-Gur)
* Wara-Natyoro (ex-Gur)
* "Tusya" (Win: ex-Gur)
* Chamba-Mumuye languages (Adamawa)
* Mbum-Day languages (Adamawa)
* Bambuka languages (Adamawa)
* Waja-Kam (Adamawa)
* ? "Ba"In addition, the unclassified Pre (Bεrε) and Fali Baissa languages may belong in this family.


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