Kgalagadi language

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

Kgalagadi is one of the Bantu languages spoken in Botswana, along the South African border. It is spoken by about 40,000 people.[4] In the language, it is known as Shekgalagari.


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.[3]

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

Notes and references[]

  1. ^ "Kgalagadi". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-08-14.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Kgalagadi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ a b Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. ^ Kgalagadi language at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)