South Africa

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South Africa
A country in Africa
The number of individual languages listed for South Africa is 34. Of these, 30 are living and 4 are extinct. Of the living languages, 20 are indigenous and 10 are non-indigenous. Furthermore, 12 are institutional, 8 are developing, 3 are vigorous, and 7 are dying.
Official Name
Republic of South Africa
Population

54,490,000 (2015 UNDESA)

Principal Languages
Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Literacy Rate
94% (2015 World Factbook)
Immigrant Languages
American Sign Language, Angloromani (7,900), Arabic (5,000), Dutch (30,000), Hai||om, Khwe (1,200), Mandarin Chinese (10,000), Morisyen (39,000), Northwestern !Kung, Shona (18,000), Standard German (45,000), Yue Chinese (15,000)
Deaf Population
383,000
General References
Brenzinger 1998, Campbell and King 2011, Ruhlen 1987, Van der Merwe and van Niekerk 1994, Voegelin and Voegelin 1977
Language Counts
The number of individual languages listed for South Africa is 34. Of these, 30 are living and 4 are extinct. Of the living languages, 20 are indigenous and 10 are non-indigenous. Furthermore, 12 are institutional, 8 are developing, 3 are vigorous, and 7 are dying.
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