BOTSWANA’S MARGINALISED LANGUAGES: IN WHAT STATE?
Furthermore, the government does not act to contribute to the revitalization of these languages, and has focused resources on only the national and official languages, with no apparent intention (future) to counter the decline of waning language communities.
Rather, the government has delegated the responsiblity for sustaining such languages to the domestic level, yet, while children are gradually socialized into the national and official languages.
English has received the status of official language, while Stswana has received the staus of national language, differentiating the two, but concurrently, affording each of these two languages a particular stable status. The latter, Stswana, as the heritage language,
Approximately 80-90 percent of the country employs the Setswana language as its heritage language, pleas to the government to preserve a multiplicity of languages has been futile. The most devastated language community may well be those of the Sesarwa, Hua, Gciriku, Ani, Shua, Ju’hoa, Gani, !Xóõ, Tsoa and Naro communities, which, have at times fallen to only a few hundred speakers.