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Somali language

language of East Cushitic branch of Afro-Asiatic family

Somali (Arabic: الصوماليه‎) is a member of the East Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family spoken by ethnic Somalis in Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen and Kenya, as well as by the Somali diaspora around the world -- an estimated total population of between 10 and 16 million speakers.

اللغة الصومالية
Native toSomalia (and Somaliland), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Yemen, Kenya
RegionHorn of Africa
Native speakers
16.6 million (2006)
Official status
Official language in
Regulated byMinistry of Education, Culture and Higher Education
Language codes
ISO 639-1so
ISO 639-2som
ISO 639-3som
Somali map.jpg
Somali-speaking region
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The writing system of the somali language is the Latin alphabet since 1960.