The speakers of ‡Khomani belong to the San ethnic group from South Africa. In 1973, N|uu language was declared officially extinct, and remained for over twenty years. At the end of the 1990s, the first known surviving N|uu speaker was identified. Since then research has found additional speakers. Most ‡Khomani nowadays speak fluently Khoekhoegowap (Nama) and/or Afrikaans as primary language. The use of the languages differs according to the context: N|uu is used with other N|uu speakers, Nama with friends and children, Afrikaans with adults and outsiders, sometimes with children, and for church. Literacy is in Afrikaans. San also live in Botswana and Namibia.
- N|uu in UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger.
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