Lower Nossob language

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Lower Nossob
Native to South Africa, Botswana
Extinct 2005[1]
  • Taa–Lower Nossob
    • Lower Nossob
  • ǀʼAuni
  • ǀHaasi
Language codes
ISO 639-3 included in nmn
Glottolog lowe1407[2]

Lower Nossob an extinct Khoisan language once spoken along the Nossob River on the border of South Africa and Botswana, near Namibia. It was closely related to Taa.

There are two attested dialects: ǀ’Auni (ǀ’Auo), recorded by Dorothea Bleek, and ǀHaasi, recorded by Robert Story. ǀ’Auni is the word the former use for themselves; ǀ’Auo (or ǀ’Au) is what they call their language. ǀauni, ǁauni, Auni are misspellings. Other renderings of the name ǀHaasi are K’uǀha:si, Kiǀhasi, and Kiǀhazi.[3]


  1. ^ "Lower Nossob". UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in danger. UNESCO. Retrieved 2018-03-17. 
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Lower-Nosop". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Yvonne Treis, 1998, "Names of Khoisan Languages and their Variants"

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