Somali language

Somali
Af Soomaali     [1]
RegionHorn of Africa
EthnicitySomalis
Native speakers
15 million (2015)[2]
Somali Latin alphabet (Latin script; official)
Wadaad writing (Arabic script)
Osmanya alphabet
Borama alphabet
Kaddare alphabet
Official status
Official language in
 Somalia
 Somaliland
 Djibouti
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byRegional Somali Language Academy
Language codes
ISO 639-1so
ISO 639-2som
ISO 639-3som
Glottologsoma1255[3]
Linguasphere14-GAG-a
Somali map.jpg
Primary Somali speech area
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Somali -/[4][5] (Af-Soomaali [æ̀f sɔ̀ːmɑ́ːlì])[6] is an Afroasiatic language belonging to the Cushitic branch. It is spoken as a mother tongue by Somalis in Greater Somalia and the Somali diaspora. Somali is an official language of Somaliland, Somalia,[7] a national language in Djibouti, and a working language in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. It is used as an adoptive language by a few neighboring ethnic minority groups and individuals. The Somali language is written officially with the Latin alphabet.

Classification

Somali is classified within the Cushitic branch of the Afroasiatic family; specifically, as Lowland East Cushitic along with Afar and Saho.[8] Somali is the best-documented Cushitic language,[9] with academic studies of the language dating back to the late 19th century.[10]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Somalies
አማርኛ: ሶማልኛ
العربية: لغة صومالية
asturianu: Somalín
azərbaycanca: Somali dili
Bân-lâm-gú: Somali-gí
беларуская: Самалійская мова
български: Сомалийски език
brezhoneg: Somalieg
català: Somali
čeština: Somálština
Cymraeg: Somalieg
español: Idioma somalí
Esperanto: Somala lingvo
euskara: Somaliera
Fiji Hindi: Somali bhasa
français: Somali
Gaeilge: An tSomáilis
한국어: 소말리어
hornjoserbsce: Somališćina
hrvatski: Somalski jezik
Bahasa Indonesia: Bahasa Somali
italiano: Lingua somala
עברית: סומלית
Basa Jawa: Basa Somali
ქართული: სომალი ენა
Kiswahili: Kisomali
latviešu: Somāļu valoda
lietuvių: Somalių kalba
македонски: Сомалиски јазик
മലയാളം: സൊമാലി ഭാഷ
მარგალური: სომალური ნინა
Bahasa Melayu: Bahasa Somali
Nederlands: Somalisch
नेपाल भाषा: सोमाली भाषा
日本語: ソマリ語
Nordfriisk: Somaali (spriak)
norsk: Somali
norsk nynorsk: Somali
occitan: Somali
پنجابی: صومالی
Papiamentu: Somali
Piemontèis: Lenga sòmala
português: Língua somali
română: Limba somaleză
Runa Simi: Sumali simi
Simple English: Somali language
Soomaaliga: Af-Soomaali
српски / srpski: Сомалски језик
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Somalski jezik
svenska: Somaliska
Tagalog: Wikang Somali
Türkçe: Somalice
українська: Сомалійська мова
Tiếng Việt: Tiếng Somali
Yorùbá: Èdè Somalí
粵語: 索馬里文
中文: 索馬里語