Clicking languages: clicking sound made by the tongue

  • french4beth

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    Also some Bantu languages (found here)
    The only other languages using clicks as phonemes are neighboring Bantu languages in southern Africa, such as Xhosa, Zulu, and Sesotho; the South Cushitic language Dahalo in Kenya, and an extinct Australian Aborigine ceremonial language called Damin. The Bantu languages adopted the use of clicks from neighboring Khoisan populations, often through intermarriage, while the Dahalo are thought to have retained clicks from an earlier Khoisan-like language when they shifted to speaking a Cushitic language.
     
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