|Native to||Lesotho, South Africa|
|Native speakers||at least 5 million (date missing)|
|Official language in|| Lesotho
|Regulated by||Pan South African Language Board|
|Linguasphere||99-AUT-ee incl. varieties 99-AUT-eea to 99-AUT-eee|
|The Sotho Language|
The Sotho /ˈsuːtuː/ language, also known as Sesotho, Southern Sotho, or Southern Sesotho, is a Bantu language spoken primarily in South Africa, where it is one of the 11 official languages, and in Lesotho, where it is the national language. It is an agglutinative language which uses numerous affixes and derivational and inflexional rules to build complete words.
- The orthography used in this and related articles is that of South Africa, not Lesotho. For a discussion of the differences between the two see the notes on Sesotho orthography.
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