Lozi language

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Native to Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa
Region Western Zambia, Caprivi
Native speakers (725,000 cited 1982–2010 census)[1]
Language family
Recognised minority language in  Zambia
Language codes
ISO 639-2 loz
ISO 639-3 loz
Guthrie code K.20 (K.21)[2]
Linguasphere 99-AUT-ef

Lozi, also called Silozi and Rozi, is a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo language family.

It is spoken by the Lozi people in southwestern Zambia. It is also spoken in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and the Zambezi Region of Namibia.

History[change | change source]

The Lozi language comes from a mix of two languages: Luyana and Kololo.

Example[change | change source]

This is Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Lozi:

Taba ya 1: Batu kaufela ba pepilwe inge ba lukuluhile ni liswanelo ze swana. Ba ba ni swanelo ya ku nahana mi ba swanela ku ba ni likezo za buzwale ku mutu yo mung'wi.

—in Lozi[3]

Article 1: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

—in English[4]

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