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The book has been designed to start with an overview of the whole Niger-Congo family and then to deal with each of the main subfamilies chapter by chapter. Since Benue-Congo, however, is such a large subfamily, we agreed that it should have an overview chapter, followed by shorter chapters taking up the principal branches of Benue-Congo. Furthermore, since Bantoid is such a large branch within Benue-Congo, that was also given an overview chapter and is followed by three further chapters. This organizational design is reflected in the layout of the table of contents