Somrai language

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Native to Chad
Region Southwest
Native speakers
7,400 (1993 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sor
Glottolog somr1248[2]

Somrai (Sumrey), also known as Sibine (Shibne), is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in the southwestern Chadian prefectures of Tandjilé and Lai. The speakers or Somrai are not bilingual; the language is not mutually intelligible with any other, as its highest lexical similarity with another language is with Ndam (42%). Most of the speakers, who call themselves Shibne or Sibine, generally practice traditional religions, Christianity, or Islam.[1]


  1. ^ a b Somrai at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Somrai". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.