Kgalagadi language

Kgalagadi is a Bantu language spoken in Botswana, along the South African border. It is spoken by about 40,000 people.[3] In the language, it is known as Shekgalagari.

Native toBotswana
Native speakers
65,400 (2015)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3xkv
S.311 (ex-S.31d)[2]
Linguasphere99-AUT-eh incl. varieties 99-AUT-eha to 99-AUT-ehc


Kgalagadi (also rendered Kgalagari, Kgalagarhi, Kgalagari, Khalagari, Khalakadi, Kxhalaxadi, Qhalaxarzi, Shekgalagadi, Shekgalagari, Kqalaqadi) is most closely related to Tswana, and until recently was classified as a dialect of Tswana.[2]

Dialects include Shengologa, Sheshaga, Shebolaongwe, Shelala, Shekhena, Sheritjhauba and Shekgwatheng.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kgalagadi". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  2. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. ^ Kgalagadi language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)