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On February 14, 1974, Somalia joined the League of Arab States and made Arabic an official language of the country. In doing so, Somalia became the first Arab League country to use a second official language along with Arabic. Somali, which had become the official language in 1973, was based on the spoken form, Af-Mahaa, of the northern and central regions of the Somal…

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Mohamed Haji Mukhtar, “Somalia”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 03 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0313>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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