Kadu languages

Nuba Mountains, Sudan
Linguistic classification Nilo-Saharan?
  • Central Sudanic – Kadu ?
    • Kadu
  • Western
  • Central
  • Eastern
Glottolog kadu1256[1]

The Kadu languages, also known as Kadugli–Krongo or Tumtum, are a small language family of the Kordofanian geographic grouping, once included in Niger–Congo but since Thilo Schadeberg (1981) widely seen as Nilo-Saharan. However, there is little evidence for either classification, and a conservative classification would treat the Kadu languages as an independent family.[2]

There are three branches:


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kadugli–Krongo". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Gerrit Dimmendaal, 2008. "Language Ecology and Linguistic Diversity on the African Continent", Language and Linguistics Compass 2/5:843ff.

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