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Taa {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, 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> {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}<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.


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Taa {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}, 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> {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}}<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  

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