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Encyclopedia > IsiXhosa
Xhosa (isiXhosa)
Spoken in: South Africa
Region: Eastern Cape Province
Total speakers: 7.9 million
Ranking: Not in top 100
Genetic classification: Niger-Congo

 Atlantic-Congo
  Volta-Congo
   Benue-Congo
    Bantoid
     Southern
      Narrow Bantu
       Central
        S
         Nguni
          Xhosa

Official status
Official language of: South Africa
Regulated by: Xhosa Language Boards of Ciskei and Transkei
Language codes
ISO 639-1 xh
ISO 639-2 xho
SIL XOS


Xhosa is a language of South Africa. It is spoken by approximately 7.9 million speakers, about 18% of South Africans. Click consonants feature prominently in the sounds of this language and even the name, "Xhosa", begins with a click. In IPA, the name of the language is pronounced approximately [||hosa].

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African Languages - isiXhosa (Xhosa) (219 words)
isiXhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa.
isiXhosa is a member of the "Nguni" language group, and is most closely related to isiZulu, isiNdebele and SiSwati.
"A comprehensive trilingual (IsiXhosa, English, Afrikaans) dictionary that promotes multilingualism and indigenous languages was launched on the 22nd of September 2006, at the University of Fort Hare."
Centres of the University of Fort Hare (1240 words)
The IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit, (formerly Xhosa Dictionary Project) is a culmination of a project of the University of Fort Hare which started in 1968, under the late Prof W H Pahl, as its Director and Editor-in-Chief.
The IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit shall herein be referred to as the Unit.
The IsiXhosa National Lexicography Unit is governed by a Board of Directors.
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