from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The largest language family of sub-Saharan Africa, consisting of the Niger-Congo and Kordofanian branches.
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- proper n. Niger-Congo
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- n. the family of languages that includes most of the languages spoken in Africa south of the Sahara; the majority of them are tonal languages but there are important exceptions (e.g., Swahili or Fula)
Coined in the 1960s, from the then-valid classification of this language family in the two sub-branches Niger-Congo and Kordofanian, which is today considered obsolete. (Wiktionary)