Naro

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A language of Botswana

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

18,000 in Botswana, all users. L1 users: 8,000 (2014 H. Visser). L2 users: 10,000 (Brenzinger 2013). Total users in all countries: 20,000 (as L1: 10,000; as L2: 10,000).

Location

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

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Language Status

3 (Wider communication).

Dialects

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

Typology

SOV; tonal.

Language Use

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

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

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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