1835D. Lindley inD.J. KotzeLett. of American Missionaries (1950) 86The Sitebeli is much the same with the Sichuana in its structure, many words are the same in both languages, and many more so little changed in the Sitebeli as to be immediately known by one acquainted with Sichuana.
1871J. MackenzieTen Yrs N. of Orange River 338Mr Sykes..who is a..student of the Zulu language, of which Setebele is a corruption, was availing himself of the opportunity of meeting with the chief’s sons and other Zulus, to compare the language as spoken by them with that given in a Zulu lexicon.
1872T.M. Thomas11 Yrs in Central S. Afr. 194The Isindebele (as the language of the Amandebele is called)..is a dialect of the Zulu Kafir.
1913J. O’Neil (title)A grammar of the Sindebele dialect of Zulu.
c1988S. Afr. 1987–8: Off. Yrbk (Bureau for Info.) 68In the past the Ndebeles used mainly Zulu for their literary needs. Recently, however, isiNdebele became the fourth Nguni language to receive official recognition.
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