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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: https://www.ethnologue.com/.)

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Pe[pai] 4,000 (2003 Blench). Plateau State, Pankshin LGA, 17 km south of the main road from Jos-Amper, turning a few kilometers before Amper. 7 villages. Alternate names: Dalong, Pai. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, TarokoidRead More
Peere[pfe] Few speakers in Nigeria. Adamawa State, Ganye LGA. Alternate names: Pere, Peer, Pare, Potopo, Potopore, Patapori, Kutin, Koutin, Kutine, Kutinn, Kotopo, Kotofo, Kotpojo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Duru, Voko-Dowayo, KutinRead More
Pero[pip] 25,000 (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Kaltungo LGA, Gwandum, Gundalf, Kushi, Yapito, Burak and Bangunji. Alternate names: Pipero, Filiya. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.2, Tangale, Tangale ProperRead More
Pidgin, Nigerian[pcm] Southern states and in Sabon Garis of the northern states, coastal and urban areas. Alternate names: Nigerian Creole English, Nigerian Pidgin English. Dialects: Lagos Pidgin, Delta Pidgin, Cross River Pidgin, Benin Pidgin. No unified standard. The dialects listed may be very different from each other. Partially intelligible with Krio of Sierra Leone and Cameroon Pidgin. Classification: Creole, English based, Atlantic, KrioRead More
Piti[pcn] 5,534 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Pitti, Abisi, Bisi. Dialects: Riban (Ribam). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Piti-AtsamRead More
Piya-Kwonci[piy] 5,000 (1992). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGARead More
Polci[plj] 22,000 (1995 CAPRO). Population includes 2,000 Zul (1995), 4,000 Buli (1993), 400 Langas (1993), 15,000 Polci, 250 Baram (1993), 800 Dir (1993). Bauchi State, Dass, Toro, and Bauchi LGAs. Alternate names: Palci, Palchi, Polchi. Dialects: Zul (Mbarmi, Barma), Baram (Mbaram, Barang), Dir (Diir, Dra, Baram Dutse), Buli, Langas (Nyamzax, Lundur), Polci (Posa, Polshi, Palci). Polci dialect cluster in Barawa language cluster. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, Zaar ProperRead More
Pongu[png] 30,000 (2003 SIL). Niger State, Rafi LGA, Gumna and Tegina districts, widespread small villages between Kusheriki in the north, Zungeru in the south, and along the new road to the southwest, with center in Sabon Gari Pangu. Bordered by the Kamuku, Ngwoi, Ura, Basa-Kaduna, Baushi, Basa-Gurmana, Gurmana, and Gbari. Small numbers are in Kaduna, Minna, Kontagora, and Bida towns. Alternate names: Pongo, Pangu, Arringeu, Tarya. Dialects: Akwa, Asebi, Awege, Azhiga, Cagere, Camajere, Cansu, Caundu, Ubwebwe. Dialect variation is slight, with 94% to 99% similarity. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Western, KamukuRead More
Psikye[kvj] 12,000 in Nigeria (1992). Adamawa State, north and east of Michika, south of Madagali, in the Mandara Mountains. Alternate names: Kapsiki, Kamsiki, Ptsake. Dialects: Psikye (Kapsiki, Kamu), Zlenge, Wula (Oula, Ula-Xangku, Lying). Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.3Read More
Putai[mfl] 50. Borno State, Damboa LGA. Alternate names: Marghi West. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.2, 1 Nearly extinct.Read More
Putukwam[afe] 12,000 (1973 SIL). Population includes 3,500 Afrike. Cross River State, Obudu and Ogoja LGAs. Alternate names: Utugwang, Mbe Afal, Mbube Eastern. Dialects: Utugwang (Otukwang), Okorogung, Okorotung, Afrike (Aferike), Obe (Mbe East), Oboso. Member of the Obe cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Cross River, BendiRead More
Pyapun[pcw] 17,284 (2000 WCD). Plateau State, Shendam LGA. Dialects: Related to Tal and Montol. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.3, Angas Proper, 2Read More
Rang[rax] Taraba State, Zing LGA. Dialects: Close to Mumuye. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, Mumuye-Yandang, MumuyeRead More
Reshe[res] 44,000 (1993 SIL). Kebbi State, Yauri LGARead More
Rogo[rod] Niger State, Rafi and Mariga LGAs, around Ucanja town, 30 km northwest of KagaraRead More
Ron[cla] 115,000 (1995). Population includes 20,000 Shagawu. Plateau State, Bokkos, Barakin-Ladi and Mangu LGAs. Alternate names: "Challa", "Chala". Dialects: Bokkos (Alis I Run), Daffo-Butura (Lis Ma Run), Monguna (Shagawu, Shagau, Nafunfia, Maleni). Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.4, Ron ProperRead More
Ruma[ruz] 5,090 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Ruruma, Rurama, Turama, Bagwama. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Samba Daka[ccg] 107,000 (2000). Taraba State, Gashaka, Jalingo, Bali, Zing LGAs, and Adamawa State, Ganye and Mayo Belwa LGAs. Alternate names: Chamba Daka, Tsamba, Tchamba, Sama, Samba, Jama, Daka, Dakka, Dekka, Nakanyare, Deng, Tikk. Dialects: Samba Daka, Samba Jangani, Samba Nnakenyare, Samba of Mapeo, Taram, Dirim. A dialect cluster. Together with Lamja-Dengsa-Tola it may form a language cluster. Close to Dirim. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Northern, DakoidRead More
Samba Leko[ndi] 62,020 in Nigeria (2000 WCD). Adamawa State, Ganye, Fufore, Wukari, and Takum LGAs. Also spoken in Cameroon. Alternate names: Chamba Leko, Samba Leeko, Samba, Ndi, Lekon, Lego, Leko, Suntai. Dialects: Close to Kolbila. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, North, Adamawa-Ubangi, Adamawa, Leko-Nimbari, LekoRead More
Sanga[xsn] 20,142 (2000 WCD). Population includes 1,600 Bujiyel (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Toro LGA. Alternate names: Isanga, Asanga. Dialects: Bujiyel. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, JeraRead More

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