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Jiiddu language

Native toSomalia
RegionLower Shabelle, Bay, Middle Juba
EthnicitySomali (Jiiddu)
Native speakers
34,000 (2020)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3jii

Jiiddu (also known as Jiddu or Af-Jiiddu) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Jiiddu sub-clan of the Dir, a Somali clan inhabiting southern Somalia. It is part of the family's Cushitic branch, and has an estimated 34,000 speakers mainly residing in the Lower Shabeelle, Bay and Middle Juba regions.[1]

Typically classified as part of the Digil group of languages, Jiiddu has a different phonology and sentence structure from Somali. However, it more closely resembles Somali than Baiso. "It reportedly some similarities to Konsoid languages and to" and Highland East Cushitic languages spoken in southern Ethiopia.[1]

There is a dictionary of Jiddu by a native speaker, Dr. Salim Ibro.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Jiiddu at Ethnologue (27th ed., 2024) Closed access icon
  2. ^ Ibro, Salim (1998). English - Jiddu – Somali Mini-dictionary (PDF). Victoria, Australia: La Trobe University Language Center.
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