Benadiri Somali

Native to Somalia
Region Benadir coast
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]


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Benaadir". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Benadiri Somali reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  3. Blench, 2006. The Afro-Asiatic Languages: Classification and Reference List (ms)


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