A language of South Africa

Alternate Names
Ng’uki, Nghuki, N|huuki, N|u, N|uu, N|uuki, ‡Khomani

5 (Brenzinger 2013b), decreasing. 5 elderly women, 3 speaking the N|uu dialect in Upington, 2 speaking the ||Au variety in Olifantshoek. Ethnic population: 500 (1998 N. Crawhall).


Northern Cape province: Olifantshoek and Upington towns.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).


N|u, ||Au, ||Ng!ke (||Ng, |Ing|ke, Ng||-|e). Reportedly similar to |Xam [xam].

Language Use

Elderly only. Mixed attitudes. Some concerned that N|u is dying out, since youth have strong loyalty to Khoekhoe [naq]. Also use Afrikaans [afr], Khoekhoe [naq].

Language Development

Literacy is in Afrikaans.

Other Comments

The |’Auni dialect has no remaining speakers. Christian, traditional religion.

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