Kgalagadi is one of the Bantu languages spoken in Botswana, along the South African border. 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". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kgalagadi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- Kgalagadi language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
Note: The Guthrie classification is geographic and its groupings do not imply a relationship between the languages within them.
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