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Yoruba is one of the three main languages of Nigeria. There are about 30 million speakers of the language in the South Western part of Nigeria and other parts of the world. It has over twenty dialects, which show phonological and lexical differences. Some of these dialects are spoken around the border of Nigeria and the Republic of Benin and some parts of Togo. The language has also survived in Cuba (where it is called Lukumi) and in Brazil (where it is called Nago).

Aside from these various dialects, there is Standard Yoruba, which is used for educational purposes, (e.g., in the newspapers, on the radio, and in schools). The Standard Yoruba is understood by speakers of the various dialects.

Current courses: Yoruba

Course Fall Spring
Elementary Y101/Y501 Y102/Y502
Intermediate Y201/Y601 Y202/Y602
Advanced Y301/Y701 Y302/702

African Languages Minor Requirements: Yoruba Track

6 language courses:

  • Elementary level (Y101; Y102)
  • Intermediate level (Y201; Y202)
  • Advanced level (Y301; Y302)

1 linguistics course:

  • Introduction to African Linguistics (L480), or
  • Languages in Africa (L481)

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