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 list. lynne