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Southern Bantu languages

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The Southern Bantu languages are a large group of Bantu languages, largely validated in Janson (1991/92).[2] They are nearly synonymous with Guthrie's Bantu zone S, apart from the exclusion of Shona and the inclusion of Makhuwa. They include all of the important Bantu languages of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, and Mozambique, with outliers such as Lozi in Zambia and Namibia, and Ngoni in Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi.

Southern Bantu
Geographic
distribution
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland
Linguistic classificationNiger–Congo
Glottologsout3180[1]

LanguagesEdit

Language groups are followed by their code in the Guthrie classification.

Some classifications prior to Janson retained Shona as a coordinate branch, along with Nyasa, or excluded Makua.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Southern Bantu – Makuao". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. ^ Tore Janson (1991-92) "Southern Bantu and Makua", Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika (SUGIA) Vol. 12/13: 63-106, Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, Cologne [1]