Sotho–Tswana languages

Sotho–Tswana languages are a group of closely related Bantu languages spoken in Southern Africa.
The Sotho–Tswana group corresponds to the S.30 label in Guthrie's classification of languages in the Bantu family.
The various dialects of Tswana, Southern Sotho and Northern Sotho are highly mutually intelligible. On more than one occasion, proposals have been put forward to create a unified standardisation and declare a Sotho–Tswana language.


The group is divided into three main branches, Tswana, Northern Sotho, and Southern Sotho as follows:
Northern Sotho, which appears largely to be a taxonomic holding category for what is Sotho-Tswana but neither identifiably Southern Sotho nor Tswana, subsumes highly varied dialects including Pedi, Tswapo, Lovedu, Pai and Pulana. Maho leaves the "East Sotho" varieties of Kutswe, Pai, and Pulana unclassified within Sotho-Tswana.
Lozi is spoken in Zambia and north-eastern Namibia. It is distinct from the other Sotho-Tswana languages due to heavy linguistic influences from Luyaana, and possibly other Zambian and Caprivi languages. In the Guthrie work – as is now widely acknowledged – Lozi was misclassified as K.21.


The Lord's Prayer in the various Sotho-Tswana languages.
English: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.