Benadiri Somali

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Native to Somalia
Region Benadir coast
Native speakers
(no estimate available)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog bena1268[1]

Benadiri Somali is a dialect of the Somali language. It is primarily spoken by the Benadiri people, who inhabit the southern Banaadir coast of Somalia.[2]


Benadiri Somali is also referred to as Coastal Somali or Af-Reer Xamar ("Language of the People of Hamar"). Blench (2006) structures the dialect into two general subdivisions:[3]

  • Northern Benadir (Abgaal, Ajuran, Huber, and Galjal)
  • Southern Benadir (Hamari, Bimaal)


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Benaadir". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  2. ^ Benadiri Somali reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  3. ^ Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)