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A language of Namibia

Alternate Names
Berdama, Bergdamara, “Hottentot” (pej.), Kakuya Bushman, “Khoekhoegowab” (pej.), “Khoekhoegowap” (pej.), Maqua, Namakwa, Naman, Namaqua, Nasie, Rooi Nasie, Tama, Tamakwa, Tamma
Population

200,000 in Namibia (2006). Population total all countries: 251,100.

Location

South central to Orange River, Great Namaland. Also in Botswana, South Africa.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Recognized language (2001, Education Act No. 16, Article 35), implemented by Ministry of Education, 2003.

Dialects

Central Damara, Damara, Nama, Namidama, Sesfontein Damara. Sesfontein Damara reportedly unintelligible of other dialect speakers.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Can be studied up to doctoral level at University of Namibia, also used in administration.

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1966.
Writing
Latin script.

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