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Title:Linguistic evidence on the origins of peoples: the case of the Tarok people of Plateau State (Nigeria)
Author:Longtau, Selbut R.
Year:1991
Periodical:Afrika und Übersee: Sprachen, Kulturen
Volume:74
Issue:2
Pages:191-204
Language:English
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Northern Nigeria
Subjects:Tarok
migration
Plateau languages
Abstract:This paper examines the migrations of some Benue-Congo languages in order to demonstrate the origin of Tarok, a Benue-Congo language of Plateau State, Nigeria. It compares linguistic evidence with oral traditions on the original homeland and migration of the Tarok. Contrary to most oral traditions, which consider Tal, a Chadic-language area, as the original Tarok homeland, the linguistic evidence suggests the Mama/Wamba area as the homeland of (Proto-)Tarok. Bibliogr., notes.
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