Sotho, Southern


A language of Lesotho

Alternate Names
Sesotho, Sisutho, Souto, Suthu, Suto

1,770,000 in Lesotho (Johnstone and Mandryk 2001). Total users in all countries: 13,534,000 (as L1: 5,634,000; as L2: 7,900,000).

Language Status

1 (National). Statutory national language (1993, Constitution, Article 3(1)).


None known. Northern Sotho [nso] and Tswana [tsn] are inherently intelligible but have generally been considered separate languages.

Language Development
Magazines. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Bible: 1878–1989.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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