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Southern Bantu languages

Southern Bantu
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique
Linguistic classification: Niger–Congo
Glottolog: sout3180[1]

The Southern Bantu languages are a large group of Bantu languages, largely validated in Janson (1991/92).[2] They are nearly synonymous with Guthrie's Bantu zone S, apart from the exclusion of Shona and the inclusion of Makua. They include all of the important Bantu languages of South Africa, Botswana, and Mozambique.


Language groups are followed by their code in the Guthrie classification.

* Official languages

The validity of Chopi and Tswa–Ronga as branches is in doubt.

Some classifications prior to Janson retained Shona as a coordinate branch, along with Nyasa, or excluded Makua.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Southern Bantu". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Tore Janson (1991-92) "Southern Bantu and Makua", Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika (SUGIA) Vol. 12/13: 63-106, Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, Cologne [1]

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