For the purposes of this volume, originally published in 1954, two southern zones of Bantu have been included - south of the Zambesi and east of the Kalahari. The book discusses the phonetic and morphological characteristics of these 2 zones and a classification of the groups, clusters and dialects is provided. For comparative purposes detailed information on some striking dialectical forms is given in the appendices.
1. The History and Growth of Knowledge concerning the Southern Bantu Languages 2. The Classification of the Southern Bantu Languages 3. The Phonetics and Phonology of the Southern Bantu Languages 4. The Morphology of the Southern Bantu Languages 5. The Nguni Group 6. The Sotho Group 7. Venda 8. The Tsonga Group 9. The Shona Group Appendices: 1. Chopi Tables 2. Phuthi Tables 3. Ngoni Tables 4. Lozi Tables 5. Kgalagadi Tables 6. Pai Tables 7. Pulana and Kutswe tables 8. Kalanga Tables