A large and widely dispersed language family of sub-Saharan Africa that includes the Mande, Atlantic, and Volta-Congo branches.
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.
(linguistics) A major language family of sub-Saharan Africa noted for the use of a noun class system.
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.