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Languages of Chad

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Languages of Chad

Chad has two official languages, French and literary Arabic, and over 120 indigenous languages. A vernacular version of Arabic, Chadian Arabic, is the lingua franca.

Chadian Sign Language is actually Nigerian Sign Language, a dialect of American Sign Language; Andrew Foster introduced ASL in the 1960s, and Chadian teachers for the deaf train in Nigeria.


  • Niger–Congo languages 1
  • Nilo-Saharan languages 2
  • Afro-Asiatic languages 3
  • Creole languages 4
  • Unclassified languages 5
  • External links 6

Niger–Congo languages

Nilo-Saharan languages

Afro-Asiatic languages

(Ethnologue lists 54 Chadic languages in Chad altogether, many of them small.)

Creole languages

Unclassified languages

  • Laal (749, SIL 2000)

External links

  • page on "Languages of Chad"Ethnologue
  • PanAfrican L10n page on Chad

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