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13 May 2018

African ‘clicks’ outwit artificial intelligence

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IsiXhosa is an interesting language that has over 9 million speakers. It is a language often associated with clicks. Our famous musician, the late Mama Africa, Miriam Makeba, made isiXhosa famous by introducing the Click Song, also called Qongqothwane to the world.

Despite the stereotype, isiXhosa is not a clicking language but a Bantu language. (Bantu language is a linguistic classification of a group of languages and should not be confused with the apartheid definition of the word).

Joseph Greenberg, the US linguist classified African languages into four stocks, one of which is the Bantu language that is spoken from Tanzania to South Africa.

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