Jiiddu

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A language of Somalia

Alternate Names
Af-Jiiddu, Jiddu
Population

23,000 (2006).

Location

Lower Shabeelle Bay and Middle Jubba regions, Qoryooley, Dhiinsoor, Jilib, and Buurhakaba districts.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Distinct from Somali [som] and Tunni [tqq], usually grouped under the Digil dialects or languages. Different sentence structure and phonology from Somali. More similar to Somali than to Baiso [bsw]. Some similarities to Konsoid languages and to Gedeo [drs], Alaba-Kabeena [alw], Hadiyya [hdy], and Kambaata [ktb].

Language Use

Spoken by the Jiiddu clan. Ethnic Jiiddu in Bale Province, Ethiopia speak Oromo as L1.

Other Comments

Muslim.