Sotho, Southern Language (sot)

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Also Known As: Suthu,Souto,Sesotho,Suto,Sisutho,Sotho, Southern


Sesotho (Sotho, Southern Sotho, or Southern Sesotho) is a Bantu language spoken primarily in South Africa, where it is one the 11 official languages, and in Lesotho, where it is the national language. It is an agglutinative language which uses numerous affixes and derivational and inflexional rules to build complete words. Sesotho is a (narrow) Bantu language, belonging to the Niger-Congo language family. It is most closely related to three other major languages in the Sotho-Tswana language group: Setswana, the Northern Sotho languages (Sesotho sa Leboa), and Silozi. Sesotho is, and has always been, the name of the language in the language itself, and this term has come into wider use in English since the 1980s, especially in South African English and in Lesotho. It is also sometimes referred to as Southern Sotho, principally to distinguish it from Northern Sotho. The Sotho-Tswana languages are in turn closely related to other Southern Bantu language groups, including the Tshivenḓa, Xitsonga, Inhambane, and Nguni languages, and possibly also the Makua languages of Tanzania and Mozambique.

Standard Sesotho is remarkable in having little to no distinctive dialectal variation. Except..... full article at Wikipedia

Location of Sotho, Southern Language Speakers

Rosetta Document Collection

Genesis Translation:
Universal Declaration Of Human Rights:


Main Country: Lesotho
Spoken In:

Regions: Africa

ISO 639-3 Code: sot

Classification Taxonomy

Niger-Congo Group

  Atlantic-Congo Group

    Volta-Congo Group

      Benue-Congo Group

        Bantoid Group

          Southern Bantoid Group

            Narrow Bantu Group

              Central Narrow Bantu Group

                S Group

                  Sotho-Tswana (S.30) Group

                    Sotho Group

                      Southern Sotho Group

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