Mbukushu language

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Mbukushu
Thimbukushu
Native to Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia
Region Okavango River
Native speakers
35,000 (1997–2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mhw
Glottolog mbuk1240[2]
K.333[3]

Mbukushu or Thimbukushu is a Bantu language spoken by 45,000 people along the Okavango River in Namibia, where it is a national language and in Botswana, Angola and Zambia.

Mbukushu is one of several Bantu languages of the Okavango which have click consonants. Mbukushu has three: tenuis c, voiced gc, and nasalized nc, as well as prenasalized ngc, which vary between speakers as dental, palatal, and postalveolar (The Bantu Languages, 2003:37). It also has a nasal glottal approximant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mbukushu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Mbukushu". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online

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