Nama

Facts

  • Language: Nama
  • Alternate names: Khoekhoe, Berdama, Bergdamara, “Hottentot” , Kakuya Bushman, “Khoekhoegowab”, “Khoekhoegowap” , Maqua, Namakwa, Naman, Namaqua, Nasie, Rooi Nasie, Tama, Tamakwa, Tamma
  • Language code: naq
  • Language family: Khoe-Kwadi, Khoe, Khoekhoe, North Khoekhoe
  • Number of speakers: 251100
  • Script: Latin script

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    Introduction

    The Nama language is the most populous and widespread of the Khoisan languages. It is spoken in Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa by three ethnic groups, the Nama, Damara, and Hai|om.

    The Nama language (Khoekhoe) is a national language in Namibia. In Namibia and South Africa, radio programs are broadcast in it.

    The Nama Verb

    Tense

    remote past
    recent past
     present (not usually overt)
    nìífuture
    indefinite

    Note- nìí is a "root" morpheme, all the others are particles

    Aspect

    Punctual

    'áopke!úu.
    man+cldecl.prt.remote-pastgo

    the man went

    Imperfective

    kèrèremote past
    kòròrecent past
    ra (or ta)present
    nìí rafuture
    kàràindefinite
    'áopkekèrèúu.
    man+cldecl.prt.rmt-pst-proggo

    the man was going

    Perfective

    hàa 'iíremote past
    hàa 'iírecent past
    hàapresent
    hàa hàafuture
    hàa 'iíindefinite
    'áopkeúuhàa 'ií.
    man+cldecl.prt.rmt-pstgoperfective prt

    the man had gone

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