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Yoruba language

Nativenameèdèe Yorùbá
Speakers19 million (Johnstone 1993 as cited in Ethnologue)
EthnicityYoruba people
ScriptLatin alphabet
Fam2Atlantic Congo
Fam3Volta Niger

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Yorùbá (native name èdè Yorùbá, 'the Yorùbá language') is a Niger Congo language spoken in West Africa by approximately 20 million speakers. The native tongue of the Yoruba people, it is spoken, among other languages, in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo and in communities in other parts of Africa, Europe and the Americas. It is most closely related to the Itsekiri language spoken in the Niger-Delta and Igala spoken in central Nigeria. It is more widely related to other Nigerian Niger Congo languages including Edo, Igbo and Nupe.

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Abimbola wants private schools to teach in mother tongue - Daily Sun Tweet this news
Daily Sun---...- to governments in the six Yoruba states of the South-west to compel private nursery and primary schools to instruct their pupils in -Yoruba language-. ... - Date : Wed, 03 Nov 2010 21:47:58 GMT+00:00
Joes Pub Presents Olatuja Project 8/12 - Broadway World Tweet this news
Broadway World---...- call-and-response vocals and the -Yoruba language-, while working comfortably with musical vocabularies more familiar to Western ears: neo-soul balladry, ... - Date : Thu, 12 Aug 2010 05:41:17 GMT+00:00
The changing face of traditional rulership - Vanguard Tweet this news
Vanguard--But looking back I still feel squeamish standing to speak the -Yoruba language- before the custodians of the language. The ball had, however, been set rolling ... - Date : Mon, 09 Aug 2010 23:05:05 GMT+00:00
'Why Belly Bellows is in English' - NEXT Tweet this news
NEXT--I would be happier if there is this kind of prize for writing in -Yoruba language-, I would like to win that if it is possible."--- - Date : Sat, 07 Aug 2010 22:55:31 GMT+00:00
'Igbo Language may go extinct' - NEXT Tweet this news
NEXT--I don't care... na language I go chop I agree that this language might go to extinction but the -Yoruba language- and other Nigeria languages are also on the ... - Date : Tue, 20 Jul 2010 17:36:43 GMT+00:00
A Day With My White Yorùbá Aunty - P.M. News Tweet this news
P.M. News--Wendy insists the -Yoruba language- is one of the richest in the world. She told me she feels a sense of sadness that children of Yoruba migrants in the ... - Date : Fri, 30 Jul 2010 09:34:32 GMT+00:00
Juju scare disrupts Island Club peace meeting - Modern Ghana Tweet this news
Modern Ghana--As he stormed out of the meeting, he (Anibaba) told his accusers in -Yoruba language- 'bi e sen pariwo mo mi, awon omo to mbo lehin yin, ase irue fun yin,' ... - Date : Tue, 03 Aug 2010 07:05:46 GMT+00:00
Lagos Assembly To Continue Thursdays' Deliberations In - Nigeria Daily Independent Tweet this news
Nigeria Daily Independent--Lagos State House of Assembly has given the assurance that it will continue to carry out its deliberations on Thursdays in -Yoruba Language-. ... - Date : Thu, 01 Jul 2010 22:45:20 GMT+00:00
How Ologundudu promoted, preserved Yoruba culture - Nigerian Tribune Tweet this news
Nigerian Tribune--“The white men are now passionately learning, speaking and even wanting to teach us our language. If an alien to -Yoruba Language- and culture are proud of ... - Date : Tue, 22 Jun 2010 23:03:32 GMT+00:00
How commercial driver defiled primary school pupils - Nigerian Tribune Tweet this news
Nigerian Tribune--The victims who spoke with the Crime and Security in -Yoruba language- said that the suspect actually slept with them. Crime and Security gathered that in the ... - Date : Mon, 21 Jun 2010 23:06:37 GMT+00:00

Nigerian alphabet
A B D E F G Gb H I J K L M N O P R S T U W Y
a b d e f g gb h i j k l m n o p r s t u w y

List of characters used in Nigeria
Á À Ā É È Ē Ẹ /   Ẹ́ /   Ẹ̀ /     /   Í Ì Ī Ó Ò Ō Ọ /   Ọ́/   Ọ̀ /     /   Ú Ù Ū   /  
á à ā é è ē ẹ /   ẹ́ /   ẹ̀ /     /   í ì ī ó ò ō ọ /   ọ́ /     /     /   ú ù ū   /  

Benin alphabet
A B D E Ɛ F G Gb H I J K KP L M N O Ɔ P R S sh T U W Y
a b d e ɛ f g gb h i j k kp l m n o ɔ p r s sh t u w y

À à A a Á á B b D d È è E e É é Ḕ ḕ Ė ė Ḗ ḗ F f G g GB gb H h Ì ì
I i Í í J j K k L l M m N n Ò ò O o Ó ó Ṑ ṑ Ȯ ȯ Ṓ ṓ P p R r S s
Ṡ ṡ T t Ù ù U u Ú ú W w Y y C c Q q V v X x Z z Ȼ @ ©

Phonology : Vowels
Front Back Front Back
Close i u ĩ ũ
Close-mid e o
Open-mid ɛ ɔ ɛ̃ ɔ̃
Open a

: Consonants
plain labial
Nasal m ŋ ~ ŋ̍
Plosive b t d ɟ k ɡ k͡p ɡ͡b
Fricative f s ʃ h
Approximant l ~ n j w
Rhotic ɾ

Yoruba topics

HistoryWestern Nigeria * Nigeria
SubgroupsIjesha * Egba * Egbado * Igbomina * Awori
PoliticsRulers of Dassa * Rulers of Icha * Rulers of Ketu * Rulers of Sabe * Olota of Ota * Ijebu * Oyo Empire * Ila Kingdom * Western Nigeria * Nigeria
GeographyStates: Lagos State * Ogun State * Osun State * Ekiti State * Ondo State * Oyo State * Delta state
Major cities: Lagos * Ibadan * Abẹokuta * Ọyọ * Ilé-Ifẹ
DemographicsYoruba people * United Kingdom

Languages of the African Union

WorkingArabic * English * French * Portuguese * Spanish * Swahili
TransnationalHausa * Somali * Yoruba * Igbo * Oromo * Kinyarwanda/Kirundi * Swati * Tswana * Sotho * Wolof * Kongo/Kituba * Kanuri * Fula * Chichewa * Lingala * Malagasy * Afrikaans * Shona * Tigrinya * Mòoré * Zulu
NationalAmharic * Sango

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