Zulu

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A language of South Africa

Alternate Names
Isizulu, Zunda
Population

11,600,000 in South Africa (2011 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 11,969,100. L2 users: 15,700,000 in South Africa.

Location

KwaZuluNatal and Mpumalanga provinces.

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1996, Constitution, Article 6(1)).

Dialects

Cele, Lala, Qwabe, Transvaal Zulu. Reportedly similar to Swazi [ssw] and Xhosa [xho].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 70%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Newspapers. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1883–1959.
Writing

Braille script [Brai]. Latin script [Latn], primary usage.

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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