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For other uses, see TAA (disambiguation).
Taa
!Xóõ
Taa ǂaan
Native to Botswana, Namibia
Region Southern Ghanzi, northern Kgalagadi, western Southern and western Kweneng districts in Botswana; southern Omaheke and northeastern Hardap regions in Namibia.
Native speakers
2,600 (2011)<ref>Brenzinger, Matthias (2011) "The twelve modern Khoisan languages." In Witzlack-Makarevich & Ernszt (eds.), Khoisan languages and linguistics: proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium, Riezlern / Kleinwalsertal (Research in Khoisan Studies 29). Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.</ref>
Tuu
  • Taa–Lower Nossob
    • Taa
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nmn
Glottolog taaa1242Unknown extension tag "ref"
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Taa /ˈtɑː/, also known as !Xóõ (ǃKhong, ǃXoon – pronounced /kǃxóŋ/,<ref>The proper pronunciation of “!Xóõ” can be heard in this recording, repeated from 0’16” to 0’24”.</ref> English /ˈk/<ref>Alan Barnard (…) Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa, p.xxii.</ref>), is a Khoisan language notable for its large number of phonemes, perhaps the largest in the world. Most speakers live in Botswana, but a few hundred live in Namibia. The people call themselves ǃXoon (pl. ǃXooŋake) or ʼNǀohan (pl. Nǀumde), depending on the dialect they speak.

Taa is the word for 'human being'; the local name of the language is Taa ǂaan, from ǂaan 'language'. ǃXoon (!Xóõ) is an ethnonym used at opposite ends of the Taa-speaking area, but not by Taa speakers in between.<ref>Gertrud Boden, 2007, ǃQamtee ǀaa ǂXanya: 'the Book of Traditions' : Histories, Texts and Illustrations from the ǃXoon and 'Nǀohan People of Namibia</ref> Most living Taa speakers are ethnic ǃXoon (plural ǃXooŋake) or 'Nǀohan (plural Nǀumde).<ref>DoBeS, “Taa”.</ref>

Taa shares a number of characteristic features with West ǂ’Amkoe, and Gǀui which together are considered part of the Kalahari Basin sprachbund.


Taa language sections
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For other uses, see TAA (disambiguation).
Taa
!Xóõ
Taa ǂaan
Native to Botswana, Namibia
Region Southern Ghanzi, northern Kgalagadi, western Southern and western Kweneng districts in Botswana; southern Omaheke and northeastern Hardap regions in Namibia.
Native speakers
2,600 (2011)<ref>Brenzinger, Matthias (2011) "The twelve modern Khoisan languages." In Witzlack-Makarevich & Ernszt (eds.), Khoisan languages and linguistics: proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium, Riezlern / Kleinwalsertal (Research in Khoisan Studies 29). Cologne: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag.</ref>
Tuu
  • Taa–Lower Nossob
    • Taa
Language codes
ISO 639-3 nmn
Glottolog taaa1242Unknown extension tag "ref"
{{{mapalt}}}
This article contains IPA phonetic symbols. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters.

Taa /ˈtɑː/, also known as !Xóõ (ǃKhong, ǃXoon – pronounced /kǃxóŋ/,<ref>The proper pronunciation of “!Xóõ” can be heard in this recording, repeated from 0’16” to 0’24”.</ref> English /ˈk/<ref>Alan Barnard (…) Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa, p.xxii.</ref>), is a Khoisan language notable for its large number of phonemes, perhaps the largest in the world. Most speakers live in Botswana, but a few hundred live in Namibia. The people call themselves ǃXoon (pl. ǃXooŋake) or ʼNǀohan (pl. Nǀumde), depending on the dialect they speak.

Taa is the word for 'human being'; the local name of the language is Taa ǂaan, from ǂaan 'language'. ǃXoon (!Xóõ) is an ethnonym used at opposite ends of the Taa-speaking area, but not by Taa speakers in between.<ref>Gertrud Boden, 2007, ǃQamtee ǀaa ǂXanya: 'the Book of Traditions' : Histories, Texts and Illustrations from the ǃXoon and 'Nǀohan People of Namibia</ref> Most living Taa speakers are ethnic ǃXoon (plural ǃXooŋake) or 'Nǀohan (plural Nǀumde).<ref>DoBeS, “Taa”.</ref>

Taa shares a number of characteristic features with West ǂ’Amkoe, and Gǀui which together are considered part of the Kalahari Basin sprachbund.


Taa language sections
Intro  Relatives  Dialects  Alternate names  Phonology  Grammar  Example phrases  References  External links  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Relatives
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