Hai||om

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A language of Namibia

Alternate Names
“Saan” (pej.), “San” (pej.)
Population

18,400 in Namibia (2006). Population total all countries: 48,400.

Location

Mangetti Dune, Omataku, Grootfontein, Baghani, Tsintsabis. Possibly also in Angola, where they reportedly originated.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Chwagga, Hain||um (Hei||om, Heikom, Heikom Bushman, Heikum), Kedi (Kedde, Keddi). Somewhat intelligible with Kung-Tsumkwe [ktz] (Ju|’hoan).

Language Use

Also use Afrikaans [afr], English [eng], Kwangali [kwn], Nama [naq].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Low in Afrikaans.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.