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  • Afro-Asiatic Languages
    From Dictionary of Languages
    Even more strikingly than the Uralic and Indo-European families, the Afroasiatic language family cuts across usually perceived racial boundaries.
  • Bantu languages: Topic Page
    Group of African languages forming a subdivision of the Benue-Niger division of the Niger-Congo branch of the Niger-Kordofanian language family.
  • Gonga Languages
    From Dictionary of Languages
    A group of now-scattered languages belonging to the Omotic group of Afroasiatic languages, Gonga is the speech of a series of old kingdoms of south-western Ethiopia.
  • Kru Languages
    From Dictionary of Languages
    The Kru Languages are spoken in the forests of southern Liberia and Ivory Coast. They belong to the Niger-Congo family.
  • Luo Languages
    From Dictionary of Languages
    A subdivision of the Western Nilotic group of Nilo-Saharan Languages, Luo in its various related forms is spoken by a scattered series of peoples extending from western Ethiopia to the northern extremity of Tanzania.
  • Nilo-Saharan Languages
    From Dictionary of Languages
    The linguist Joseph Greenberg, in 1963, proposed the recognition of a Nilo-Saharan language family, grouping together numerous languages of Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad.
  • Nubian Languages
    From Dictionary of Languages
    Nubian is a close-knit group of Nilo-Saharan Languages, and has a much longer recorded history than any other member of the family.
  • Omotic Languages
    From Dictionary of Languages
    The Omotic group are Afroasiatic Languages spoken in Ethiopia.
 

Sources

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Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
A unique and comprehensive historical guide to the world's peoples, from the earliest times to the present.

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Dictionary of Languages
The essential guide to the languages of the world, comprehensively detailing languages in a clear A-Z style.

Peoples

  • Afrikaners or Boers
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Descendants of the original Dutch settlers in South Africa who went to the Cape of Good Hope in the decades after the first settlement in 1652.
  • Asante or Ashanti
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Twi-speaking Akan people who inhabit southern Ghana and adjacent Togo and Ivory Coast.
  • Bantu
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A linguistic classification identifying the 60 million or so people occupying almost the whole southern projection of Africa, or roughly one third of the entire continent.
  • Berbers: Topic Page
    Aboriginal Caucasoid peoples of N Africa, called Imazighen in the Tamazight language.
  • Carthaginians
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Inhabitants of the city of Carthage (‘New City’), now a suburb of Tunis, and its extensive territories bordering the North African coast.
  • Dogon
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Inhabitants of the upland plateau region centred on Bandiagara in Mali, West Africa.
  • Egyptians
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    The people of Egypt. Almost all Egyptians live in the well-watered and fertile Nile Valley and Delta region leading to the Mediterranean.
  • Fulani
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A predominantly Muslim people originating in modern-day Senegal and now widely dispersed across the Sahel region of West Africa as far east as Lake Chad and Cameroon.
  • Hausa
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A large agglomeration of linguistically related people of West Africa, concentrated in the Muslim emirates of northern Nigeria and adjoining southern Niger.
  • Kongo
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Culturally related BANTU-speakers concentrated in the western Congo basin in central Africa.
  • Maasai or Masai
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Traditionally nomadic pastoralists of the Rift Valley area of Kenya and Tanzania.
  • Malinke
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A people who mainly occupy the western Sudan.
  • Moors
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    An ethnolinguistic group of northwest Africa, concentrated in Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali and Gambia, although the term is sometimes applied to Muslim groups further afield.
  • Ndebele
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    The second-largest ethnic group of Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia).
  • Nuba or Nuer
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A people who inhabit the Nuba Hills of Kordofan Province in central Sudan.
  • Oromo
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Cushitic-speaking pastoralists of southeastern Ethiopia who constantly extended their territory in search of pasture for their cattle.
  • Pygmies
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Central African pygmy groups include the Western Aka; the Central or Twa (or Tswa) cluster; the Eastern Mbuti, who have an Aka sub-group; and the southeastern group, also known as Twa, of the Rift Valley.
  • San
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A people who have traditionally been marginalized by stronger societies and who survive today in the deserts and marginal regions of Botswana and Namibia, sometimes as pastoralists and sometimes as traditional hunter-gatherers.
  • Somali
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A people who inhabit the Horn of Africa, divided among several states in the region because of colonial boundaries.
  • Sotho
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A BANTU Sesotho-speaking people occupying the high grasslands of southern Africa, where they are one of the largest ethnic groups.
  • Tswana
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A cluster of Bantu Sotho-speaking peoples who occupy the temperate grassland and dry thorn-veld of the edge of the Kalahari Desert, the territory of the modern-day Republic of Botswana.
  • Tutsi
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    The traditionally dominant peoples of Rwanda and Burundi (though forming less than 10% and 15% of their national populations respectively), and among the Ha of western Tanzania.
  • Wolof
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    Cattle farmers and agriculturists of Senegal and Gambia.
  • Yoruba
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    This large ethnic group is divided into numerous subgroups possessing different cultural identities and speaking various dialects of Yoruba, a Kwa language of the Niger-Congo family.
  • Zulu
    From Cassell's Peoples, Nations and Cultures
    A Northern Nguni people who live mainly in northern Natal, where their South African apartheid ‘homeland’ was known as KwaZulu.
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