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More than 40 years in the past it was once proven that the African continent could be divided into 4 special language households. examine on African languages has consequently been preoccupied with reconstructing and knowing similarities throughout those households. This has intended that an curiosity in other forms of linguistic courting, corresponding to even if structural similarities and dissimilarities between African languages are the results of touch among those languages, hasn't ever been the topic of significant learn. This 2007 booklet exhibits that such similarities throughout African languages are extra universal than is greatly believed. It presents a vast point of view on Africa as a linguistic region, in addition to an research of particular linguistic areas. with the intention to have a greater realizing of African languages, their constructions, and their historical past, additional info on those contact-induced relationships is key to realizing Africa's linguistic geography, and to reconstructing its heritage and prehistory.