Naro

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A language of Botswana

Alternate Names
||Ai||e, ||Ai||en, ||Aikwe, ||Aisan, |Aikwe, Nharo, Nharon, Nhauru, Nhaurun
Population

8,000 in Botswana (2014 H. Visser). Population total all countries: 12,000. L2 users: Speakers of other Khoisan languages in Ghanzi District.

Location

Ghanzi district: Ghanzi, Bere, Dekar, East Hanahai, West Hanahai, Kuke, New Kanagas, Tshobokwane, Makunda, Grootelaagte, Karakobis, Kanagas, Charles Hill, and commercial farms; south North West district.

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

N|hai-Ntse’e (N||hai, Ts’ao), Qabekhoe (!Kabbakwe, Qabekho), Ts’aokhoe (Tsaokhwe, Tsaukwe).

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

Also use English [eng]. Used as L2 by !Xóõ [nmn], ||Gana [gnk], |Gwi [gwj], Ju|’hoan [ktz].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15–29 years 70% Tswana [tsn], 15% English; 30–54 years 10% Tswana 2% English; 55 and older 2% Tswana, 0% English. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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