Show more Formed on elements common to a number of Sintu languages: noun prefix isi-, si- denoting language or culture + noun stem -ntu (African) person, as in Zulu isintu African language or culture, humankind.
1979B. MfenyanaNeo-Sintu: Dynamic Challenge 1Let us make a conscious effort to grow away from referring to the Sintu languages of sub-Saharan Africa as Bantu. The people insist that ‘bathetha isiNtu’ [they speak Sintu], so there. The ‘Bantu’ habit may be old and infectious but it is far from correct.
1980Voice 20 Aug. 14There are Sintu languages in south, east, central and western Africa.
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