Date: Fri, 4 Aug 1995 11:59:03 -0400
From: "M. Lynne Murphy" 104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA
Subject: Re: oxford help--found!
Thanks. What is the relationship between sotho (and why is the word
not capitalized?) and, say, Kiswahili, Kikuyu, etc?
it's not capitalized in my notes only because i capitalize nothing.
( i read once that this is the e-mail equivalent of mumbling, which
everyone who's not from western new york tells me i do in person too,
but i maintain it's a regional thing--not mumbling, but my accent).
if one is using the appropriate prefix, it's sesotho (Sesotho,
seSotho or SeSotho)--but "sesotho" is usually used to refer to
southern sotho, and i was talking about northern sotho, which is
considered in these parts to be a different language (though
practically mutually intelligible), the major dialect of which is
sepedi (sePedi/SePedi/Sepedi), so northern sotho is often (sometimes
erroneously) called "sepedi". they're southern bantu languages.
kikuyu and kiswahili are from different branches of the family--
central and eastern, i believe.
if you've got more questions, perhaps we should take this off the