Kgalagadi language

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Native to Botswana, South Africa, Namibia
Native speakers
40,000  (2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 xkv
Glottolog kgal1244[2]
S.311 (ex-S.31d)[3]
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.[4] In the language, it is known as Shekgalagari, pronounced [ʃɛkxalaxaɾi].[citation needed]


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.[3]

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

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Kgalagadi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kgalagadi". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Ethnologue's Kgalagari entry