Lala language (South Africa)

Not to be confused with Lala language (Zambia).
Native to South Africa
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog lala1263[1]

Lala is a Bantu language of South Africa, claimed to be extinct in some sources.[2] As of 1999, however, there were still a number of communities of speakers in the coastal regions of the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Although it is a Tekela Nguni language, for sociological reasons it is often considered a dialect of Zulu (a Zunda Nguni language), whereas it differs quite markedly in phonology and to a degree in morphology, and with a large portion of its lexicon derived from Xhosa (because of Xhosa-medium schooling in the old Natal South Coast) and the IsiZansi Tekela variety of the lower South Coast.[3]

Lala Standard Zulu Gloss
nilo umlilo fire
tiyomo izinkomo cattle
madi amanzi water


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lala (Zulu)". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. 1 2 Jouni Filip Maho, 2009. New Updated Guthrie List Online
  3. "A comparative phonological and morphological analysis of the North and South Lala dialects of Tekela Nguni" (PDF). University of South Africa (UNISA). 1999-12-01. Retrieved 2015-09-17.

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