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Languages Spoken in South Africa - Northern Sotho

Infomation about the Northern Sotho language, one of South Africa's 11 official languages brought to you by Conference Venues South Africa.

Northern Sotho is one of the official languages of South Africa and is spoken by nearly five million 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. Thus, this language is most closely related to Tswana and Sotho. Historically, the traditional Northern Sotho language has been largely based on Pedi, as the missionaries who first developed the orthography had contact mainly with the Pedi people, and this is probably where the confusion originated. Further confusion arose when the South African constitution originally incorrectly cited "Sepedi" as being the official language.

 


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