Sotho-Tswana, plural noun

Forms:
Also Sotho-Chwana.
Origin:
Sotho + Tswana.
Collectively, the southern, northern, and western Sotho peoples; their languages. Also attributive. See also Sotho sense 1 a and 2 b, and Tswana.
Note:
The term ‘Sotho-Tswana’ is used primarily in academic contexts.
1930 Bantu Studies IV. 211They may be still more widespread, at least among the Sotho-Tswana tribes.
[1941 E.N. Msuthwana in Bantu World 1 Feb. 5The ‘ea’ and ‘oa’ which were used in seSuthu-Choana, have now been replaced by the ‘ya’ and ‘wa’ as is employed in the Zulu-Xhosa languages.]
1950 T.J. Kriel New Sesotho-Eng. Dict. (Preface)The editor is convinced that, with patience and tact, the whole cluster of Sotho-Chwana languages can be merged into one unified Sesotho language for the Union of South Africa.
1977 T.R.H. Davenport S. Afr.: Mod. Hist. 6Four main groups are normally distinguished where the Bantu-speakers south of the Limpopo are concerned. These were the Venda themselves, the Sotho-Tswana, the Ngieri and the Tsonga.
1980 Lye & Murray Transformations 12The Sotho Tswana as defined in this book, however, comprise speakers of the Tswana and Southern Sotho languages only.
1980 Lye & Murray Transformations 20The term Sotho-Tswana is often used to define people’s identity, either by insiders who claim it or by outsiders who impose it.
c1980 S. Afr. 1979: Off. Yrbk (Info. Service of S. Afr.) 83The traditional territories of the Sotho-Tswana group are situated on the central plateau of Southern Africa and include the present independent states of Botswana, Bophuthatswana and Lesotho.
Collectively, the southern, northern, and western Sotho peoples; their languages. Also attributive.
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