Tunni language

Native to Somalia
Region Lower Shebelle and Middle Juba regions
Native speakers
23,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 tqq
Glottolog tunn1238[2]

Tunni (also known as Af-Tunni) is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken by the Tunni sub-group of the Rahanweyn clan of the Somali people, who reside in the Lower Shebelle and Middle Juba regions in southern Somalia. Typically classified among the Digil group of languages, Tunni is distinct from Somali, with a different phonology and sentence structure.[3][4]


  1. Tunni at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tunni". 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. Tosco, Mauro (1997), Af Tunni: Grammar, texts, and glossary of a southern Somali dialect, Rüdiger Köppe, ISBN 3896450603


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