Ndebele

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A language of Zimbabwe

Alternate Names
Isinde’bele, Ndebele of Zimbabwe, Northern Ndebele, Sindebele, Tabele, Tebele
Population

1,550,000 in Zimbabwe (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Population total all countries: 1,572,800.

Location

Matabeleland, Bulawayo area.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Zulu [zul].

Language Use

Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by Kalanga [kck], Nambya [nmq].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 55%. Dictionary. Bible: 1978.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Different from Ndebele [nbl] of Transvaal, South Africa.

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