Language Variation In Isixhosa

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Throughout the country, language variation exists with many languages when being compared to one another. Although isiXhosa seems that it contains variation within the country, there is a lack of variation in certain words or phrases. This can be interpreted by the collection of data and the certain trends that can be identified. There are many different facets to draw on such as the comparison between the use of standard and non-standard forms among males and females. There can also be a determination of whether or not regional boundaries and language boundaries correlate with one another. These sorts of aspects prove that isiXhosa does, in fact, contain variation.
There is a distinguished difference between males and females who speak isiXhosa
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For the words “Ndithi”, “Ngabantu” and “La mizi”, they are mostly seen in the cape area such as the Western and Eastern Capes. It is seen that there is most definitely variation due to the red/yellow colour that stays in the cape regions so therefore proves that there is variation within the isiXhosa language. However, as for the last two maps which display the words “Kum/Kumi” and “Umtwana wam”, there is very little or no variation at all. These words are widely spoken throughout the South of Africa. The only slight variation that happens to be is by the KwaZulu-Natal areas and most of the time these words are spoken near the coast lines. Nearly the whole population recognise these words and say them rather than “Kumina” and “Umtram”. It is interesting because it seems as though isiZulu is phasing out when it comes to these words. This could be because majority of people come from a Xhosa dialect rather than a Zulu one according to what the data suggests. It could also be due to the Zulu culture being more secluded but one does not know for sure. Either way, it shows that Xhosa does not display much variation with these two words and therefore becomes more

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