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N|u

A language of South Africa

ISO 639-3ngh

Population  12 (2005 Crawhall), decreasing. Ethnic population: 500 (1998 Nigel Crawhall, South African San Institute).
Region  2 at Andriesvale (near Askham), 1 at Witdraai (near Askham) 2 in Olifantshoek, 3 at Upington, 1 at Kalksloot (near Upington), 1 in Raaswater (near Upington), 2 at Kang (southern Botswana, near Tsabong).
Alternate names   ‡Khomani, Ng’uki, Nghuki
Dialects  N|u, |’Auni, ||Kxau, ||Ng!ke (Ng||-|e, ||Ng, |Ing|ke). Similar to |Xam.
Classification  Khoisan, Southern Africa, Southern, !Kwi
Language use  Older adults. Concerned that N|u is dying out. Younger people have a strong loyalty to Nama [naq], not shared by N|u speakers. Also use Afrikaans [afr] and Nama (Khoekhoegowab) fluently.
Language development  Literacy is in Afrikaans.
Comments  ‘‡Khomani’ is the ethnic group name. ‘Ng’uki’ is an incorrect name. The |’Auni dialect is extinct. Christian, traditional religion. Nearly extinct.
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