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List of Khoisan languages

This is a list of Khoisan languages, which are indigenous to southern Africa. All separate languages are linked to. Many of the languages listed are endangered, and several are extinct. Headings given are branches of the Khoisan language family.

The Khoisan relationship is hypothetical. The inclusion of Hadza is especially doubtful, although most linguists accept that the Southern African families are probably distantly related.

Contents

Hadza

Sandawe

Central (Khoe)

Kwadi

Khoekhoe

North Khoekhoe

  • Nama (ethnonym Khoekhoegowab)

South Khoekhoe

Tshu-Khwe

East Tshu-Khwe

Central
Northeast
  • Tsoa (a dialect cluster including Cire Cire and Kua)

West Tshu-Khwe

Northwest
Southwest

Southern (Ta'a-!Kwi)

Ta'a

!Kwi

Northern (Ju)

Unclassified

  • H (possibly in the Northern Khoisan family)
Last updated: 05-16-2005 08:31:47