A discourse-based documentation of San varieties in the Western Sandveld Region (Central district, Botswana)


A discourse-based documentation of San varieties in the Western Sandveld Region (Central district, Botswana)

Language: Tshwa
Depositor: Lee Pratchett
Location: Botswana
Deposit Id: 0398
ELDP Id: IPF0239
Level: Deposit


Summary of deposit
The Western Sandveld Region, in Central District, Botswana, is host to several highly endangered and unrelated 'Khoisan' languages spoken by San foragers of the Kalahari. Furthermore, ethnographic references from the 70s suggest completely undiscovered languages may still exist in the region. This project focuses on the documentation and description of Tshwa, a barely described East Kalahari Khoe language of the Khoe-Kwadi family (approx. 900 speakers). The project aims to create a diverse and culturally rich corpus of natural discourse, and a sociolinguistic study to shed light on the linguistic heritage of this part of the Kalahari.

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Tshwa (East Kalahari Khoe) and San language varieties of the Western Sandveld

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Lee Pratchett
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Affiliation: Humboldt University of Berlin

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Lee Pratchett spent Christmas 2016 in the field, and decided to spend it with the Baeba family and the ǂKxʼaoǁʼae community in Groot Laagte. Lee has known the Baeba family since 2011 and ǀKaece Baeba is a facilitator and translator for the current project.

Recorded on: 2016-12-25






Elicitation of the Kalahari Basin Area 700 wordlist (credit: Christfried Naumann 2011). Each word is elicited twice in isolation and twice within a sentence frame.

Recorded on: 2017-06-22




Elicitation of the Kalahari Basin Area 700 wordlist (credit: Christfried Naumann 2011). Each word is elicited twice in isolation and twice within a sentence frame. The different frames are designed to trigger various different grammatical features.

Recorded on: 2017-07-05




Elicitation of the Kalahari Basin Area 700 wordlist (credit: Christfried Naumann 2011). Each word is elicited twice in isolation and twice within a sentence frame. The different frames are designed to trigger various different grammatical features.

Recorded on: Unspecified




Partial elicitation of the Kalahari Basin Area 700 wordlist (credit: Christfried Naumann 2011) for the Tshwa variety spoken in Khwee and known locally as Zoatco. Each word is elicited twice in isolation and twice within a sentence frame. The different frames are designed to trigger various different grammatical features.

Recorded on: 2017-06-23




Elicitation of the Kalahari Basin Area 700 wordlist (credit: Christfried Naumann 2011) for the Serowe lect of Tshwa, known locally as Tchoe, Tcoa, or Tcibitcoa. Each word is elicited twice in isolation and twice within a sentence frame. The different frames are designed to trigger various different grammatical features.

Recorded on: 2017-05-01




Audio recording of the Kalahari Basin Area animal word list at the Diphuduhudu village - southeast of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Diphuduhudu inhabitants refer to their language as Sekwa - and thus is presumably the language of the Bakwa referenced in Valiente-Nouaille (1993) "The Kua" which he claimed to be unintelligible to all other San groups. Sekwa is most certainly a Kalahari Khoe language; however further research is needed to classify it further. It may be more closely relate to Gǁana (West Kalahari Khoe) than to Tshwa.

Recorded on: 2016-12-23




Audio recording of the Kalahari Basin Area animal word list at the Motsegaletau village.

Recorded on: 2016-12-21