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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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Sasaru[sxs] 12,456 (2000 WCD). Edo State, Akoko-Edo LGA. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Edoid, North-Central, Ghotuo-Uneme-YekheeRead More
Saya[say] 50,000 (1973 SIL). Population includes 7,000 Sigdi (1995 CAPRO). Bauchi State, Tafawa Balewa LGA. Alternate names: Sayawa, Seya, Seyawa, Sayanci, Seiyara, Sayara. Dialects: Sigidi (Sugudi, Sigdi, Segiddi), Zaar (Vikzar, Vigzar, Kal, Gambar Leere, Lusa). Saya dialect cluster in Barawa language cluster. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.3, Zaar ProperRead More
Sha[scw] 3,000 (1998 SIL). Plateau State, Bokkos LGA, Sha District. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.4, Ron ProperRead More
Shakara[nfk] 3,000 (2003 Blench). Kaduna State, 13 villages. Alternate names: Isakara, Tari. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Central, West-CentralRead More
Shall-Zwall[sha] 8,900 (2004). Bauchi State, Dass LGA. Dialects: Shall (Shal), Zwall. Dialect cluster. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, BeromicRead More
Shamang[xsh] Kaduna State, Kachia and Jema'a LGAs. Alternate names: Samban, Samang. Dialects: Related to Hyam. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Plateau, Western, Northwestern, HyamicRead More
Shama-Sambuga[sqa] 5,000 (1995 S. and S. Dettweiler). Niger State, Rafi and Mariga LGAsRead More
Shanga[sho] 5,000 (1995). Kebbi State between Kaoje and Yauri, on both sides of the Niger River, but especially on the north bankRead More
Shau[sqh] Bauchi State, Toro LGA, Shau and Mana villages. Alternate names: Sho, Lsh. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, Jera Nearly extinct.Read More
Sheni[scv] 200 (1925). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Shani, Shaini. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, JeraRead More
Shiki[gua] Bauchi State, Bauchi LGA. Gubi and Guru towns north of Bauchi town. Alternate names: Gubi, Guba, Gubawa, Mashiki. Dialects: Gubi, Guru. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Jarawan, NigerianRead More
Shoo-Minda-Nye[bcv] 10,000 (1973 SIL). Taraba State, Karim Lamido LGA, villages on the banks of the Benue River. Dialects: Shoo (Banda, Bandawa), Minda (Jinleri), Nye (Kunini). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Jukunoid, Central, Jukun-Mbembe-Wurbo, UnclassifiedRead More
Shuwa-Zamani[ksa] 1,000 (1973 SIL). Bauchi State, Toro LGA. Alternate names: Kuzamani, Rishuwa, Kauru. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Siri[sir] Ethnic population: 3,234 (2000 WCD). Bauchi State, Ningi LGA. Alternate names: Sirawa. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, B, B.2Read More
Somyev[kgt] 15 to 20 (2000 B. Connell). Taraba State, Sardauna LGA, Kila Yang, Njike, Kuma, Jabu, Kikau, and Mayo Daga towns. Apparently extinct in Cameroon. Alternate names: Somyewe, Kila. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Northern, Mambiloid, Mambila-Konja, Magu-Kamkam-Kila Nearly extinct.Read More
Sorko[bze] Niger, Kwara, and Kebbi states, Lake Kainji. Alternate names: Sorogama, Corogama, Sarkanci, Sarkawa, Jenama, Nononke, "Boso" Bozo, Jenaama Bozo. Classification: Niger-Congo, Mande, Western, Northwestern, Soninke-Bobo, Soninke-Boso, Boso, JenaamaRead More
Sukur[syk] 14,779 (1992). Northern tip of Adamawa State, Michika LGA, Mandara Mountains. Alternate names: Sugur, Adikimmu Sukur, Gemasakun, Sakul. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, Biu-Mandara, A, A.6Read More
Sur[tdl] 5,000 (1998 Blench). Bauchi State, Tafawa Balewa LGARead More
Surubu[sde] 7,173 (2000 WCD). Kaduna State, Saminaka LGA. Alternate names: Srubu, Fiti, Skrubu, Zurubu. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Kainji, Eastern, Northern Jos, KauruRead More
Tal[tal] 10,000 (1973 SIL). Plateau State, Pankshin LGA. Alternate names: Amtul, Kwabzak. Dialects: Related to Montol, Goemai, Pyapun, Koenoem. Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Chadic, West, A, A.3, Angas Proper, 2Read More

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