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Zande languages

Zande
Geographic
distribution:
Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
  • ?
    • Zande
Subdivisions:
  • Barambo–Pambia
  • Zande–Nzakara
Ethnologue code: 5: znd

The Zande languages are half a dozen closely related languages of the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. The most populous language is Zande itself, with over a million speakers.

Classification

Zande was once included among the Ubangian languages, but that is no longer tenable.[1] It is not clear if it is a member of the Niger–Congo family, or where it might be in that family.

Languages

Per Ethnologue 16, the structure of the family is as follows:

  • Barambo–Pambia: Barambu, Pambia
  • Zande–Nzakara: Geme, Kpatili, Nzakara, Zande

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