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Yoruba language

NameYorùbá
Nativenameèdèe Yorùbá
StatesNigeria
Togo
Benin
Speakers19 million (Johnstone 1993 as cited in Ethnologue)
EthnicityYoruba people
FamilycolorNiger-Congo
ScriptLatin alphabet
Fam2Atlantic Congo
Fam3Volta Niger
Fam4 
Fam5Yoruboid
Fam6Edekiri
NationNigeria
Iso1yo|iso2=yor|iso3=yor
NoticeIPA

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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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