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Idiosyncratic sound systems of the South African Bantu languages: Research and clinical implications for speech-language pathologists and audiologists

Anita van der Merwe, Mia le Roux
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 61, No 1 | a86 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v61i1.86 | © 2014 Anita van der Merwe, Mia le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 April 2014 | Published: 03 December 2014

About the author(s)

Anita van der Merwe, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, South Africa
Mia le Roux, Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The objective of this article is to create awareness amongst speech-language pathologists and audiologists in South Africa regarding the difference between the sound systems of Germanic languages and the sound systems of South African Bantu languages. A brief overview of the sound systems of two Bantu languages, namely isiZulu and Setswana, is provided. These two languages are representative of the Nguni language group and the Sotho group respectively.Consideration is given to the notion of language-specific symptoms of speech, language and hearing disorders in addition to universal symptoms. The possible impact of speech production, language and hearing disorders on the ability to produce and perceive speech in these languages, and the challenges that this holds for research and clinical practice, are pointed out.


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