Occidental Chadic languages

Occidental Chadic
Nigeria, Niger
Linguistic classification: Negro-Egyptian
  • Hausa
  • Bole–Angas
  • Bade–Warji
  • Barawa
West Chadic per Newman (1977)

The Occidental Chadic or West Chadic languages of the Negro-Egyptian family are spoken principally in Niger and Nigeria.[1] They include Hausa, the most populous Chadic language and the major language of West Africa.


The branches of West Chadic go either by names or by letters and numbers in an outline format.[2]

In addition, Poki is mentioned by Campbell & Hoskison (1972) from Bauchi State, Nigeria. It is unclassified within West Chadic.[4]


  1. Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  2. Blench, 2006. The Negro-Egyptian Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)
  3. Presumably of the Bole-Tangale group; reported by Rudolf Leger (Blench 2006)
  4. Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)