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Encyclopedia > Northern Sotho language
Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa)
Spoken in: South Africa
Region: Southern Africa
Total speakers: 4,208,940 
Ranking: Not in top 100
Genetic classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Sotho-Tswana, Sotho, Northern 
Official status
Official language of: South Africa
Regulated by: -
Language codes
ISO 639-1 -
ISO 639-2 nso
ISO/DIS 639-3 to be added
SIL (2000) SRT
See also: LanguageList of languages

Northern Sotho, Sepedi, or "Sesotho sa Leboa", is one of the official languages of South Africa, and is spoken by 4,208,980 people (2001 Census Data), mostly in the provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga. Categories: Africa geography stubs | Southern Africa ... This is a list of languages ordered by number of first-language speakers, with some data for second-language use. ... Current distribution of Human Language Families Most languages are known to belong to language families. ... ISO 639 is one of several international standards that lists short codes for language names. ... ISO 639 is one of several international standards that lists short codes for language names. ... ISO 639-3 is in process of development as an international standard for language codes. ... SIL International is a non-profit, Christian, scientific organization with the main purpose to study, develop and document lesser-known languages for the purpose of expanding linguistic knowledge, promoting world literacy and aiding minority language development. ... This list of languages is alphabetical by English name. ... Capital Johannesburg Largest city Johannesburg Area  - Total Ranked 9th 17,010 km² Premier Mbhazima Shilowa (ANC) Population   - 2001   - 1996   - Density (2001) Ranked 2nd 8,837,172 7,348,423 520/km² (Ranked 1st) Languages isiZulu (21. ... Capital Polokwane Largest city Polokwane Area  - Total Ranked 5th 123,900 km² Premier Mbhazima Shilowa (ANC) Population   - 2001   - 1996   - Density (2001) Ranked 4th 5,273,637 4,929,368 43/km² (Ranked 3rd) Languages Races Black (97. ... Mpumalanga, (name changed from Eastern Transvaal in 24 August 1995, is a province in South Africa. ...


Northern Sotho is one of the so-called Bantu languages, belonging to the Niger-Congo language family. It is most closely related to Setswana and Sesotho (Southern Sotho). Map showing the approximate distribution of Bantu (dull yellow) vs. ... Map showing the distribution of Niger-Congo languages The Niger-Congo languages constitute one of the worlds major language families, and Africas largest in terms of geographical area, number of speakers, and number of distinct languages. ... Tswana, also known as Setswana, is a Bantu language. ... Sesotho is a language spoken in southern Africa. ...


External links

  • Online Northern Sotho - English dictionary
  • Project to translate Free Software into Northern Sotho
  • Northern Sotho edition of the OpenOffice.org Office suite
  • Ethnologue report for Northern Sotho

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Northern Sotho language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (436 words)
Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa in the language itself) is one of the official languages of South Africa, and is spoken by nearly five million — 4,208,980 people (2001 Census Data) — in the South African provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga.
Northern Sotho is a language of the Bantu family within the Niger-Congo language phylum.
Northern Sotho is specifically found within the Sotho languages branch of Zone S (S.30).
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