Southern Bantu languages
|South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique|
The Southern Bantu languages are a large group of Bantu languages, largely validated in Janson (1991/92). They are nearly synonymous with Guthrie's Bantu zone S, apart from the exclusion of Shona and the inclusion of Makua. They include all of the important Bantu languages of South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique.
Language groups are followed by their code in the Guthrie classification.
- Makua (P30) [see]
- Chopi ? (S60): Chopi, Tonga
- Nguni languages (S40)
- Sotho–Tswana (S30 + K20): *Tswana, Birwa–Tswapong, Kgalagadi
- Tswa–Ronga ? (S50): Ronga, Tswa, *Tsonga–Gwamba
- *Venda (S20)
The validity of Chopi and Tswa–Ronga as branches is in doubt.
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