Garre language

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Native to Somalia
Region southern
Ethnicity Rahanweyn
Native speakers
58,000  (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 gex
Glottolog garr1259[2]

Garre (also known as Af-Garre) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Garre people inhabiting southern Somalia, Ethiopia and northern Kenya. It belongs to the family's Cushitic branch, and has an estimated 57,500 speakers. Garre has similarities with the Aweer language (Boni).[3][4][5] However, its speakers are physically and culturally distinct from the Aweer people.[6]


  1. ^ Garre at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Garre". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ Ethnologue - Garre language
  5. ^ Tosco, Mauro (1994). "The Historical Reconstruction of a Southern Somali Dialect: Proto-Karre-Boni". Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika 15: 153–209. 
  6. ^ Ethnologue - Aweer language