Khoisan languages

Comparative linguistics - Khoisan languages
Posted by: Anonymous on June 15, 2023, 13:14

Can you add Khoisan languages to the comparison?
Posted by: Vincent on June 21, 2023, 19:03
We have included five Khoisan languages in the data behind our research paper: Stochastic approach to worldwide language classification: the signals and the noise towards long-range exploration.
You can access comparisons for the...
- Gwi,
- Gxana,
- Khoekhoegowab,
- Kxoe and
- Naron
...languages in following link: Comparisons from world wide research
We do not intend to include Khoisan languages in the simpler data as they are very isolated and do not relate to any other language group in their core. Interestingly, they have influenced some Bantu languages in South Africa which took over the very specific click consonants from Khoisan and in the mind of a broader public, clicks are more associated to Xhosa and Zulu than to the Khoisan languages, Miriam Makeba making them popular with her remarkable song in Xhosa:
A more recent performance of this song in the South African version of "The Voice" may be more accessible to the younger generation :-)
Clicks are annotated "-0-" in our system, which is quite an encoding oversimplification.
Posted by: Salomon L. on June 23, 2023, 18:12

Here you have a song in Khoekhoegowab, the main Khoisan language of Namibia, with nice clicks clearly sung: ;-)

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