from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family, spoken in west-central Africa and including Hausa.
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- adj. Belonging to a language family spoken across northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic and Cameroon.
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- n. a family of Afroasiatic tonal languages (mostly two tones) spoken in the regions west and south of Lake Chad in north central Africa
They speak the Hausa language, a member of the Chadic language group, itself a sub-group of the larger Afro-Asiatic language family.
Regardless of which one they were, they apparently derive from the ejective stops of Proto-Afro-Asiatic, the ancestral proto-parent of the Semitic, Egyptian, Chadic, Cushitic and Berber languages.
Then don't forget Bomhard's 1st person pronoun *ʔiya, supposedly proved by evidence from Chadic.
Basing an Afro-Asiatic reconstruction solely on Chadic is bad practice known as "reaching".
For example, Chadic languages are spoken in Niger republic,
Magana, Ron-Kulere meeting placeand one of the editors of Chadic Newsletter.
You see, as noted above, these three language families are also quite closely related to Chadic (spoken mainly in Nigeria and Chad) and Cushitic (spoken around the Horn of Africa) - which means that 4 out of 5 branches of this family are native to Africa.
For example, my mitochondrial DNA test had a 100% genetic match to three neighboring Chadic-speaking tribes