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Kgalagadi language

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Native speakers  40,000 (2004)
Glottolog  kgal1244
ISO 639-3  xkv
Guthrie code  S.311 (ex-S.31d)
Native to  Botswana, South Africa, Namibia
Language family  Niger–Congo Atlantic–Congo Benue–Congo Southern Bantoid Bantu Sotho–Tswana Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi (Kalahari) is one of the Bantu languages spoken in Botswana, along the South African border and in Namibia. It is spoken by about 40,000 people. In the language, it is known as Shekgalagari, pronounced [ʃɛkxalaxaɾi].

Classification

Kgalagadi (also rendered Kgalagari, Kgalagarhi, Kgalagari, Khalagari, Khalakadi, Kxhalaxadi, Qhalaxarzi, Shekgalagadi, Shekgalagari) is most closely related to Tswana, and until recently was classified as a dialect of Tswana.

Dialects include Shengologa, Sheshaga, Shebolaongwe, Shelala, Shekhena, Sheritjhauba, and Shekgwatheng.

References

Kgalagadi language Wikipedia


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