Yoruba leid

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

Yoruba /ˈjɒrʊbə/[2] (natively èdè Yorùbá) is a Niger–Congo leid spoken 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 spake, 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 (spoken in the Niger-Delta) an Igala spoken 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, with figures from 1993. No reliable estimate of more recent date is known. Metzler Lexikon Sprache (4th ed. 2010) estimates roughly 30 million based on population growth figures during the 1990s and 2000s. The population o Nigerie (where the majority of Yoruba live) has grown by 44% between 1995 and 2010, so that the Metzler estimate for 2010 appears plausible.
  4. Yoruba leid at Ethnologue (16t ed., 2009)

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