Somali leid

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اللغة الصومالية
Native taeSomalie, Somaliland,[1] Djibouti,
Ethiopie, Yemen, Kenyae
RegionHorn o Africae
Native speakers
16.6 million (2006)[2]
Offeecial status
Offeecial leid in
Leid codes
ISO 639-1so
ISO 639-2som
ISO 639-3som
Somali map.jpg
Somali-speakin region

The Somali leid (Somali: Afsoomaali, Arabic: الصومالية‎) is a member o the East Cushitic branch o the Afro-Asiatic leid family. Its nearest relatives are Afar an Oromo. Somali is the best documentit o the Cushitic leids,[3] wi academic studies beginnin afore 1900.

Number o speakers[eedit | eedit soorce]

The exact number o speakers o Somali is unkent. Ane source estimates that there are 7.78 million speakers o Somali in Somalie itself (includin Somaliland) an 12.65 million speakers globally.[4] A population estimate made bi the Dutch Universiteitsbibliotheek Utrecht puts the Somali population somewhaur atween 10 an 15 million.[5] Combined wi a lairge internaitional expatriate community, it is difficult tae get a specific number o Somali speakers, but somewhaur atween 10 an 16 million warldwide seems a reasonable estimate. Accordin tae Gordon (2005), approximately 13 million fowk speak Somali, but upwards o 25 million individuals are commonly estimatit tae speak the leid.[1]

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