|Native to||Botswana, South Africa, Namibia|
|Linguasphere||99-AUT-eh incl. varieties 99-AUT-eha to 99-AUT-ehc|
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].
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.
Notes and references
- Kgalagadi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kgalagadi". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.
- Ethnologue's Kgalagari entry
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