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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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Lame[bma] 10,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Toro LGA, Lame District. Dialects: Ruhu (Rufu, Rufawa), Mbaru (Bambaro, Bombaro, Bomberawa, Bunberawa, Bambara, Bamburo), Gura (Tugura, Agari, Agbiri). Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Lamja-Dengsa-Tola[ldh] 3,416 (2000 WCD). Adamawa State, Mayo Belwa LGA, around Ganglamja (Lamja Mt.), near the road between Mayo Belwa and Tola. 13 villages of Lamja and Dengsa. The central town of the Lamja is Ganglamja. The Dengsa live south of the Lamja. Dialects: Lamja, Dengsa, Tola. A dialect cluster. The three dialects are inherently intelligible to each other's speakers. They may not be sufficiently distinct from Samba Daka to be a separate language. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Northern, DakoidRead More
Lamnso'[lns] Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, scattered in settlements sometimes mixed with speakers of other languages. Alternate names: Nsho', Lamso, Lamnsok, Banso, Banso', Bansaw, Panso, Nso, Nso', Nsaw. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Wide Grassfields, Narrow Grassfields, Ring, EastRead More
Laru[lan] 5,000 (1995 Jones). Niger State, Borgu LGA, on the banks of the Niger River, Karabonde, Monnai, Leshigbe, Luma, Sansanni, Shagunu villages. Alternate names: Larawa, Laranchi, Laro. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, Kainji LakeRead More
Leelau[ldk] 5,000 (1995 Adelberger). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, between Bambuka and Karim-Lamido town, near Lake Mungah. Alternate names: Lelau, Lelo, Munga Lelau, Munga. Dialects: A member of the Munga dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Waja-Jen, JenRead More
Legbo[agb] 60,000 (1989). Cross River State, Obubra LGARead More
Lemoro[ldj] 10,000 (1998 CAPRO). Plateau State, Bassa LGARead More
Lenyima[ldg] Cross River State, Obubra LGA. Alternate names: Anyima, Inyima. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Central, East-West, Mbembe-Legbo, LegboRead More
Lere[gnh] Ethnic population: 16,328. Bauchi State, Toro LGA. Dialects: Si (Rishuwa, Kauru, Kuzamani), Gana, Takaya (Taura). Language cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, Jera Nearly extinct.Read More
Leyigha[ayi] 10,000 (1989). Cross River State, Obubra LGA. Alternate names: Asiga, Assiga, Ayigha, Ayiga, Yigha. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Central, East-West, Mbembe-Legbo, LegboRead More
Lijili[mgi] 50,000 (1985 UBS). Nasarawa State, Awe and Lafia LGAs. Alternate names: Ligili, Mijili, Migili, Megili, Koro Lafia, Koro of Lafia. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, SouthernRead More
Limbum[lmp] Few speakers in Nigeria (1992 Crozier and Blench). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Mambila uplands. Alternate names: Wimbum, Kambu. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Wide Grassfields, Narrow Grassfields, Mbam-Nkam, NkambeRead More
Lokaa[yaz] 120,000 (1989). Cross River State, Obubra LGA. Alternate names: Yakurr, Yakö, Loko, Loke, Luko. Dialects: Ugep, Nkpam. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Central, East-West, LokoRead More
Longuda[lnu] 32,000 (1973 SIL). Adamawa State, Guyuk LGARead More
Loo[ldo] 8,000 (1992 Crozier and Blench). Gombe State, Kaltungo LGARead More
Lopa[lop] 5,000 (1996 Blench). Niger State, Borgu LGA, Amboshidi and Tungan Bori, islands in the Niger RiverRead More
Lubila[kcc] 11,386 (2000 WCD). Cross River State, Akamkpa LGA, at Ojo Nkomba and Ojo Akangba. Alternate names: Lubilo, Kabila, Kabire, Ojor, Ofor. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, Delta Cross, Upper Cross, Central, East-West, LokoRead More
Lufu[ldq] Ethnic population: 2,000 to 3,000 (1992). Taraba State, Takum LGA, Lufu, and Lufu Jauro. Classification: Unclassified Nearly extinct.Read More
Luri[ldd] 30 (1973 SIL). Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA, Kayarda and Luri villages. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West Nearly extinct.Read More
Maaka[mew] 10,000 (1993). Borno State, Gujba LGA, Bara town and associated hamlets. Alternate names: Maha, Maka, Maga, Magha. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Bole, Bole ProperRead More

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