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Mandela exemplified the philosophy of "Ubuntu," a word that has its origins in the Bantu languages of southern Africa and which expresses an African worldview.
Meanwhile, another important San legacy is the click consonants borrowed by a number of Bantu languages such as Xhosa and Zulu, two of South Africa's 11 official languages.
Other studies on Bantu languages provide evidence that the subject position is topical or definite, anti-focus or does not accommodate indefinites that are restricted to the postverbal position (Louwrens 1981; Louwrens 1991; Bresnan 1994; Zerbian 20064; Zerbian 2007; Halpert 2008; Zeller 2008).
In terms of ethnic grouping the term "Southern Bantu" refers to the Bantu languages spoken in the Southern African region (Nguni, Sotho-Tswana, Venda), which also includes languages of Mozambique (Tsonga) (Van Warmelo 1935).
In particular, languages from the Kwa sub-family (spoken in Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria) and Bantu languages (spoken in Gabon, Congo, Angola) had prolonged contact with Portuguese (Castro 2001:46).
From a homeland in west and central Cameroon between 3000 and 4000 years ago (Vansina 1990; Ehret 1998), Bantu languages spread across most of central, eastern and southern Africa and by AD 300 covered a region roughly the size of North America.
A common linguistic feature associated with Bantu languages is the elaborate noun class system.
Original lyrics in one of the two local Bantu languages, Kiswahili and Kisukuma, are paralleled by English translation, and followed by an interpretation ranging from a short paragraph to over a page.
The democratisation of South Africa in 1994 had far-reaching language-political consequences for the country: on the one hand eleven languages (including nine Bantu languages) were recognised as national official languages with the commitment to promote these languages; on the other hand, global and local economic, educational and social forces led to the dominance of English in the public sphere, the marginalisation of Afrikaans as a public language, and the continued peripheralisation of the Bantu languages as public languages, leaving them in effect in the same position as they were under the previous regime.
The word has its origin in the Bantu languages of southern Africa.
Five thousand years later, people who spoke Bantu languages began spreading out from Cameroon, on Africa's west coast, until they eventually inhabited much of Sub-Saharan Africa.
where, he here undertakes an inspection of Bantu languages, which are both prefixing and suffixing, and which evidence great diversity in prosodic organization.