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Extinct: no
Family: Afro-Asiatic
Branch: Cushitic
Continent: Africa
Country: Ethiopia
Region: Eastern lowlands, Afar Region. May also be in Somalia. Also spoken in Djibouti, Eritrea.
Countries Where Spoken: Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea.
Countries Where Official: Ethiopia
Native Speakers: 979,367
Speakers Total: 1,439,367
Phrasebase members who speak Afar at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Afar at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Afar: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Afar: 0
Three Letter Code: AAR
Alternative Names: AFARAF, "DANAKIL", "DENKEL",
Summary: Saho is related but distinct. Bilingualism in Arabic. The people are called "Danakil" in Arabic and by others, but that is considered to be offensive by the Afar; called "Adal" in Amharic. Nomadic. People have suffered from recent famines. Dictionary. Grammar. SOV. Literacy rate in first language: Below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 3%. Desert. Coastal. Muslim, Christian. NT 1994.

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