Kalanga

Facts

  • Language: Kalanga
  • Alternate names: Ikalanga, Chikalanga, Tjikalanga, Kanana, SekalaƱa, Kalana, Bakaa, Makalaka, Wakalanga, SeKalaka
  • Language code: kck
  • Language family: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Shona (S.10)
  • Number of speakers: 850000
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Kalanga is a language of the Bantu language family spoken southwest of Bulawayo and along the Botswana border. Most Kalanga are in Zimbabwe, but it's also spoken in Botswana.

Rapidly being absorbed by Ndebele, though most rural members speak Kalanga. Most speak Ndebele as second language, because they are required in school and are languages of wider communication.

The verb

NON CAUSATIVE

Mwanawa-lal-a
childAGRsleepTV

(The child slept).

CAUSATIVE

Mmeba-kalal-is-amwana
motherAGRPSTsleepCAUSTVchild

(Mother made the child sleep).

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