Niger-congo definitions

nī'jər-kŏng'gō
A large and widely dispersed language family of sub-Saharan Africa that includes the Mande, Atlantic, and Volta-Congo branches.
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Designating or of a large subfamily of the Niger-Kordofanian language family, covering much of sub-Saharan Africa and including the Bantu, Kwa, and Voltaic branches.
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(linguistics) A major language family of sub-Saharan Africa noted for the use of a noun class system.
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Origin of niger-congo

Coined in the 1950s by w:Joseph Greenberg, from the name of the two principal rivers in the area this language family is spoken, the Niger River and the Congo River.