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The Sara languages comprise half a dozen languages spoken mainly in southern Chadmarker; a few of them are also spoken in the north of the Central African Republicmarker. They are members of the Central Sudanic language family. Greenberg (1966) treats all varieties as dialects of a Sara language, whereas Tucker and Bryan (1966) consider the Sara to be a dialect cluster of several languages.

The most populous variety of Sara proper is Ngambay, a major trade language of southern Chad, with about a million speakers, though Ethnologue states that Sara Majingay (Sar) is the lingua franca of southern Chad. The other Sara languages are Mbai, Ngam, and Kaba (of Goze).

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  • Greenberg, Joseph H. (1966) The Languages of Africa (2nd ed. with additions and corrections). Bloomington: Indiana University.
  • Tucker, A.N. and M.A. Bryan (1966) Linguistic Analyses: The Non-Bantu Languages of North-Eastern Africa. Published for the International African Institute. London/New York/Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

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