Lala language (South Africa)
|Native to||South Africa|
Lala is a Bantu language of South Africa, claimed to be extinct in some sources. As of 1999, however, there were still a number of communities of speakers in the coastal regions of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Although it is a Tekela Nguni language, for sociological reasons it is often considered a dialect of Zulu (a Zunda Nguni language), whereas it differs quite markedly in phonology and to a degree in morphology, and with a large portion of its lexicon derived from Xhosa (because of Xhosa-medium schooling in the old Natal South Coast) and the IsiZansi Tekela variety of the lower South Coast.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lala (Zulu)". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
- "A comparative phonological and morphological analysis of the North and South Lala dialects of Tekela Nguni" (PDF). University of South Africa (UNISA). 1999-12-01. Retrieved 2015-09-17.
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