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Ndebele

Source: Nkululeko Innocent Dube




Profile


Native Name
None

Total Speakers
588,000 (1995)


Usage By Country
Home Speakers: Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana

Background
It has 2 million speakers and belongs to the Bantu branch (Nguni group) of the Niger-Congo family. The name of the ethnic group speaking Ndebele is "Matabele". It is one of the main languages of Zimbabwe, close to Zulu. Conversely, Ndebele of Transvaal, in Sout Africa, is related to Northern Sotho.

Received 8/24/1998
Posted 8/24/1998
Checked 11/12/1998