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Nigerian Languages

List of Nigerian Local languages. The number of languages listed for Nigeria is 521. Of those, 510 are living languages, 2 are second language without mother-tongue speakers, and 9 are extinct. (Source: Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com/.)

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Jorto[jrt] 17,284 (2000). Plateau State, Shendam LGA, at Dokan Kasuwa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.3, Angas Proper, 1Read More
Ju[juu] 900 (1993). Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA, Ju village. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, GuruntumRead More
Jukun Takum[jbu] Taraba State, Takum, Sardauna, and Bali LGAs. Alternate names: Diyi, Njikum, Jukun. Dialects: Takum, Donga (Akpanzhi). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Jukun-Mbembe-Wurbo, JukunRead More
Kaan[ldl] 10,000 (1992). Adamawa State, Shellen, Song, and Numan LGAs. Alternate names: Libo, Libbo, Kan. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, Yungur, LiboRead More
Kadara[kad] 40,000 (1972 Barrett). Kaduna State, Kachia LGARead More
Kag-Fer-Jiir-Koor-Ror-Us-Zuksun[gel] 36,000 (1992 SIL). Kebbi State, Zuru LGA, Fakai District, with migrants farther south. Kur is also in Kebbi State, Sakaba LGA. Alternate names: Fakanci, Fakkanci, Puku-Geeri-Keri-Wipsi. Dialects: Kag (Puku, Fakanchi, Et-Kag), Jiir (Gelanchi, Et-Jiir), Kur (Kere, Kar, Keri-Ni, Kelli-Ni, Kelanchi, Kelinci), Zuksun (Zussun, Et-Zuksun), Ror (Et-Maror, Tudanchi, Er-Gwar), Fer (Fere. Et-Fer, Wipsi-Ni, Kukum), Us (Et-Us), Koor (Kulu). Kag, Ker, Jiir, and Fer speakers have 79% to 92% inherent intelligibility of Ror. Ror and Kag are the largest dialects, Koor and Us the smallest. Lexical similarity 81% to 97% among dialects, 63% with Duka, 50% with Lela, 57% with Gwamhi-Wuri. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, DukaRead More
Kagoma[kdm] 25,391 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Jema'a LGA. Alternate names: Gwong, Gyong, Kwong, Agoma. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Northwestern, HyamicRead More
Kaivi[kce] 2,323 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Kaibi. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Kakanda[kka] 20,000 (1989 Blench). Niger State, Agaie and Lapai LGAsRead More
Kakihum[kxe] 15,000 (1996). Northern Niger State. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, KambariRead More
Kalabari[ijn] 257,764 (1989 Jenewari). Rivers State, Degema, Asaritoru, and Port Harcourt LGAs. Dialects: Mutually intelligible with Bile (Bille), Okrika, and Ibani within East Ijo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Ijoid, Ijo, East, Ibani-Okrika-KalabariRead More
Kam[kdx] 5,000 (1993). Taraba State, Bali LGA, 2 villages between Mayo Kam and Garba Chede. Alternate names: Yimwom, Nyiwom, Nyingwom. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, KamRead More
Kamantan[kci] 10,000 (1972 Barrett). Kaduna State, Kachia LGA. Alternate names: Kamanton, Angan. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, NinzicRead More
Kami[kmi] 5,000 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Niger State, Lapai LGA, Ebo town, and 11 villages. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Nupoid, Nupe-Gbagyi, NupeRead More
Kamo[kcq] 20,000 (1995 CAPRO). Gombe State, Billiri, Kaltungo and Akko LGAs. Alternate names: Kamu, Nubama, Nyima, Ma. Dialects: Typologically closer to Awak (no singular-plural noun suffixes). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, Waja, AwakRead More
Kamwe[hig] 300,000 (1992). Adamawa State, Michika LGA, in the Mandara Mountains. Alternate names: Higi, Hiji, Higgi, Vacamwe. Dialects: Nkafa, Dakwa (Bazza), Sina, Futu, Tili Pte, Fali of Kiriya, Fali of Mijilu, Modi, Humsi. Close to Psikye and Hya of Cameroon. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.3Read More
Kaningdon-Nindem[kdp] 2,291 (1934). Kaduna State, Jema'a LGA. Dialects: Kaningdom (Kaninkon, Kaningkwom, Kaningkon), Nindem (Inidem, Nidem). Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Southwestern, ARead More
Kanufi[kni] 10,361 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Jema'a LGA. Alternate names: Karshi. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, NinzicRead More
Kanuri, Central[knc] 3,000,000 in Nigeria (1985 Gunnemark and Kenrick). Population total all countries: 3,425,138. Borno State, Kukawa, Kaga, Konduga, Maiduguri, Monguno, Ngala, Bama, Gwoza LGAsRead More
Kanuri, Manga[kby] 200,000 in Nigeria (1993). Mainly Yobe State, some in Jigawa and Bauchi states. Alternate names: Manga, Kanouri, Kanoury. Dialects: Dagara, Manga. Classification: Nilo-Saharan, Saharan, Western, KanuriRead More

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