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Northern Sotho language

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Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa)
Spoken in: South Africa
Region: Southern Africa
Total speakers: 4,208,940
Ranking: Not in top 100
Genetic classification: Niger-Congo, Atlantic-Congo, Volta-Congo, Benue-Congo, Bantoid, Southern, Narrow Bantu, Central, S, Sotho-Tswana, Sotho, Northern
Official status
Official language of: South Africa
Regulated by: -
Language codes
ISO 639-1-
ISO 639-2nso
SILSRT
See also: LanguageList of languages

Northern Sotho, or "Sesotho sa Leboa", is one of the official languages of South Africa, and is spoken by 4,208,980 people (2001 Census Data), mostly in the provinces of Gauteng, Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga.

The Northern Sotho language has historically been largely based on the dialect Sepedi. For this reason, it is often incorrectly called Sepedi.

Northern Sotho is one of the so-called Bantu languages, belonging to the Niger-Congo language family. It is most closely related to Setswana and Sesotho (Southern Sotho).

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