Yoruba leid

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èdè Yorùbá
Native taeNigerie, Togo, Benin
EthnicityYoruba fowk
Native speakers
28 million (2007)[1]
Latin (Yoruba alphabet)
Yoruba Braille
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Leid codes
ISO 639-1yo
ISO 639-2yor
ISO 639-3yor

Yoruba /ˈjɒrʊbə/[2] (natively èdè Yorùbá) is a Niger–Congo leid spak in Wast Africae. The nummer o speakers o Yoruba wis estimatit at aroond 20 million in the 1990s.[3] The native tongue o the Yoruba fowk is spak, amang ither leids, in Nigerie, Benin, an Togo an in communities in ither pairts o Africae, Europe an the Americaes. A variety o the leid, Lucumi, frae olukunmi is uised as the liturgical leid o the Santerie releegion o Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic an the Unitit States. It is maist closely relatit tae the Owo an Itsekiri leid (spak in the Niger-Delta) an Igala spak in central Nigerie.[4]

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  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh
  3. Ethnologue 2009, wi figures frae 1993. Nae mair racent reliable estimate is kent. Metzler Lexikon Sprache (4th ed. 2010) estimates that thereaboot 30 million based on population growth figures outthrou the 1990s and 2000s. The population o Nigerie (whaur the majority o Yoruba bide) haes grown by 44% atween 1995 and 2010, sae that the Metzler estimate for 2010 appears plausible.
  4. Yoruba leid at Ethnologue (16t ed., 2009)

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