Shua language (shg)

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Also Known As: Shua Language,Shua-khwe,Mashuakwe,Tshumakwe


Shwa or Shwakhwe, commonly spelled Shua, is a Khoisan language of Botswana. It is spoken in central Botswana (in Nata and its surroundings), but is also spoken in parts of the Chobe District in the extreme north of Botswana. There are approximately 6,000 speakers (Cook 2004). The term Shwakhwe means people (khwe) from the salty area (shwa). Like many Khoisan languages, it has clicks and ejectives and distinctive tones. Unlike most Khoisan languages, but like Nama, the most neutral word order is SOV, though word order is relatively free. As with most Khoisan languages, there are postpositions. There is a tense-aspect marker ke which often appears in second position in affirmative sentences in the present tense, giving X Aux S O V order (e.g. S Aux O V). For example,

This marker appears first in certain subordinate clauses, in a manner reminiscent of V2 languages such as German, where a clause-initial complementizer is in complementary distribution with a second position phenomenon (in German, it would be the finite verb which appears in second position)...... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Shua language Speakers


Main Country: Botswana
Spoken In:

Regions: Africa

ISO 639-3 Code: shg

Classification Taxonomy

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  Khoisan Group

    Southern Africa Group

      Central Southern Africa Group

        Tshu-Khwe Group

          North central Tshu-Khwe Group

            Shua language