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Title:A provisional language map of Nigeria
Authors:Hansford, Keir
Bendor-Samuel, John
Stanford, Ronald
Periodical:Savanna: A Journal of the Environmental and Social Sciences
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African languages
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Abstract:The accompanying language map summarises the present knowledge of the distribution of the large number of languages spoken in Nigeria. The map also shows the broad relationships of these languages to one another. A large majority of Nigerian languages come from four language families, though six other language families are represented in the country. A language map is not a dialect map or a map of ethnic groups. Languages are distinguished from dialects on the basis of their linguistic relationships, the level of mutual intelligibility between them and sociological factors, such as the degree of recognition given to them by different groups of speakers. Although it is not always easy to distinguish between languages and dialects particularly when information is incomplete, there is no doubt about the status of 90% of the languages on this map. Map, notes, list of language names.