Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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Arabic and the Somali language are related, though distantly, because Arabic belongs to the Semitic branch and Somali to the Cushitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic/Hamito-Semitic family. This does not mean that the Somalis are Arabs, and as a matter of fact the membership of Somalia in the League of Arab States is based on a political decision rather than on linguistic relationship. The contacts between Arabic and Somali are as old as the cultural contacts that culminated in the Islamization of the Somali people centuries ago. There is no pr…

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Andrzej Zaborski, “Somali”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0124>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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