Shona leid

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Native taeZimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana
Native speakers
8.3 million, Shona proper (2007)[1]
10.8 million Zezuru, Karanga, Korekore (2000)
15 million incl. Manyika, Ndau (2000–2006)[2]
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Leid codes
ISO 639-1sn
ISO 639-2sna
ISO 639-3Variously:
sna – Zezuru, Karanga, Korekore
twl – Tavara (Korekore)
mxc – Manyika
twx – Tewe (Manyika)
ndc – Ndau
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Shona /ˈʃnə/,[4] or chiShona, is a Bantu leid, native tae the Shona fowk o Zimbabwe an soothren Zambie; the term is an aa uised tae identify fowks who speak ane o the Shona leid dialects: Zezuru, Karanga, Manyika, Ndau an Korekore. (Some researchers include Kalanga: ithers recognise Kalanga as a distinct leid in its ain richt.) Shona is a principal leid o Zimbabwe, alang wi Ndebele an the offeecial business leid, Inglis. Shona is spoken bi a lairge percentage o the fowk in Zimbabwe. Ither kintas that host Shona leid speakers are Zambie, Botswana an Mozambique.

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  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. [1]
  3. Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  4. Laurie Bauer, 2007, The Linguistics Student’s Handbook, Edinburgh