A branch of the Niger-Kordofanian phylum, whose languages are spoken by around 180 million people on the west coast of Africa and down through the southern part of the continent. Niger-Congo includes the Bantu languages (Swahili, Shona, Sotho, Xhosa, Zulu, Tsonga, etc.), as well as languages such as Wolof and Mandinka.

source: A Guide to the World's Languages, Vol. 1: Classification, by Merritt Ruhlen

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