Jiiddu language

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Native to Somalia
Region southern
Native speakers
23,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 jii
Glottolog jiid1238[2]

Jiiddu (also known as Jiddu or Af-Jiiddu) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Jiiddu sub-clan of the Rahanweyn, another Somali clan, in southern Somalia. It is part of the family's Cushitic branch, and has an estimated 23,000 speakers mainly residing in the Lower Shabeelle, Bay and Middle Jubba regions.[3]

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 also possibly shares commonalities with the Hadiyya, Gedeo, Alaba-Kabeena, Konso and Kambaata languages spoken in southern Ethiopia.[4]


  1. ^ Jiiddu at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Jiiddu". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ Ethnologue - Jiiddu language