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[eng] L2 users: 500,000 in Lesotho (Crystal 2003). Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1993, Constitution, Article 7(2)). Classification: Indo-European, Germanic, West, English

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Phuthi
[ssw] 43,000 in Lesotho (2002). Status: 5 (Dispersed). Alternate Names: Sephuthi Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Nguni (S.43)

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Sotho, Southern
[sot] 1,770,000 in Lesotho (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Population total all countries: 5,634,000. Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1993, Constitution, Article 3(1)). Alternate Names: Sesotho, Sisutho, Souto, Suthu, Suto Dialects: None known. Northern Sotho [nso] and Tswana [tsn] are inherently intelligible but have generally been considered separate languages. Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Sotho-Tswana (S.33) Comments: Christian, traditional religion.

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Xhosa
[xho] Sebapala Valley, villages near Tosing; Tele Valley, Sinxondo. 18,000 in Lesotho (Johnstone 1993). Status: 5 (Dispersed). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Nguni (S.41)

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Zulu
[zul] Butha-Buthe District, Caledonspoort border post. 248,000 in Lesotho (1993). Status: 5 (Dispersed). Classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Nguni (S.42)

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