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Welcome to my homepage. Ku Soo Dhawaw Gurigayga Mareegta. Bienvenu(e) à ma page Web.

>       Go to/Voir/ Soo eeg: The Somali Language Page (La page du somali - Bogga Af Soomaaliga)

>       My Publications:

>       Dissertation:

>       Discussions in fora

>       Email

>       My resume

>       My web presence

>       Cultural Horizons

>       Linguistics Sites

>       Other Sites


My name is Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi.

Bonjour, je m'appelle Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi.

Maalin Wanaagsan. Magacaygu waa Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi.

I have a PH.D. in linguistics from the Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada. I speak Somali (my native language), English, French and Arabic. I did my masters in Linguistics also at the Université de Montréal. I earned also a a higher diploma in 'teaching French as a second language' at the Université de Franche-comté at Besançon, France.

My research interests include linguistic issues relating to the languages of North-east Africa, especially Cushitic languages. I am additionally interested in cultural, and historical issues, as well as multicultural issues relating to education and understanding between people of different cultures.



Among my publications and papers are:

Au nombre de mes réalisations et projets sont les suivants:

Major publications:

1.   Culture and Customs of Somalia. Africa, Culture and Customs (ISSN: 1530-8367) Greenwood Press. Westport, Conn. 2001. pages LC 2001016169. ISBN 0-313-31333-4. GR1333 (Reference Book) This book is essentially a look at the culture and history of Somalis of the Horn of Africa across Somaliland, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya.


2. Parlons Somali, L'Harmattan, Paris, 1997. 367 pages. ISBN : 2-7384-4894-4. Language: French. Parlons somali

This is essentially a grammar of the Somali language presented in an easy and comprehensive way for the non-native speaker; nevertheless, linguists would find many useful items about the phonology, the morphology and the syntax of Somali. It is also covers some information along the way about history, geography, and culture. Included is also a short lexicon of Somali-French, and French-Somali. Additionally, it has a chapter on daily conversions useful to those visiting a Somali-speaking area in Somaliland (the northern regions that stepped back from the union with Somalia in 1991), Somalia, Northern Kenya, Eastern Ethiopia and Djibouti. An English translation may be undertaken one day, hopefully.

Cet ouvrage est essentiellement consacré à l'enseignement du somali et son grammaire. La présentation est conçue pour faciliter la tâche de l'apprenant. Bien qu'il s'agit d'un ouvrage pour le grand public, les linguistes y trouveront des renseignements sur la phonologie, la morphologie ainsi que la syntaxe du somali. On y trouve aussi des informations sur l'histoire, la géographie et la culture. En plus, il y a un court dictionnaire bilingue ainsi qu'un chapitre sur les conversations courantes (acheter au marché, louer une chambre, une voiture, etc.). Cet ouvrage peut s'avérer un outil indispensable pour le/la francophone qui se trouve dans un territoire somalophone tel que le Somaliland, la Somalie, le nord du Kenya, l'est l'Éthiopie et le Djibouti. Les somalophones ne manqueront pas aussi de trouver cet ouvrage utile, surtout en ce qui concerne les notions grammaticales propres au somali ainsi que l'histoire et les coutumes des peuplades somalophones.


3. Fiasco in Somalia: US-UN Intervention.

Occasional paper no. 61.

Africa Institute of South Africa.

November 1995.

47pp. ISBN 0-7893- 0125-2.


4.  Dissertation (thèse): Le somali, dialectes, et histoire, Département de linguistique et de traduction, Université de Montréal, 2001.


Manuscripts and projects

For other manuscripts click here:The Somali Language Page

Anyone is welcome to contribute a manuscript to this collection. You will choose whether you want to present it in a publicly accessible form or in a form accessible only to specialists (in pdf with a password) for copyright reasons.

PDF papers. To view these files, you need the adobe acrobat reader, available at: http://www.adobe.com. To read my articles you will need a password---I must protect my copyright; to get the password for a particular manuscript, send me an email with: a) the title of the manuscript; b) your credentials as a researcher (university affiliation, specialty, present project for which you are searching documentation, etc.). After you get the password, simply click on the file, and enter the password.

More Will be Coming.



 Cultural Horizons:


From the land of AwZaar (Father-Zaar) (Osiris to the West) and AySitu (Sito/Sitey) (Mother-Situ) (Isis to the West), Ba and Ka, where homage "sitaat" is still offered to mother Isis.

Du pays de AwZaar (Père-Zaar) et AySitu (Mère-Situ), Ba and Ka où on rend toujours homage à la divine mère Isis. "maadh hel."

Intrigued? Go directly to find out more at - Curieux? Naviguer vers - Bal soo qooranso rugtan: The Early African History Debate

"Maadh (mat) hele; bahi (Ba) waa naf (Ka); kaahna waa bah; Qor-Rax-na (Ra) waa kaah. Xuuri (Horus) na waa wax sheeg, ee la soco dhaxalka taariikhdaada; yaan lagaa dhicin barshinkaaga; qaado hangoolkaaga (Anka). Bal u fiirso guntiga iyo garaysgu waa dhaqan gaboobay. Bal waa kaase yaa innaga xiga af, dhaqan iyo suuradba masaaridii hore."

Can you pick out the similarities in the images? Etes-vous capable de repérer les similarités entre les images suivantes? Arag oo is barbar dhig oo soo saar waxa ay wadaagaan sawiradani. Top: images from ancient Egyptian murals. Below: pictures of a young Somalis in traditional dress. En première rangée, des images peintes par Égyptiens (Kemtiens) anciens; en seconde rangée, des images des Somaliens en vêtements traditionnels. Xagga waa sawiro Masaaridii hore; xagga hoose, sawiro Soomaali gashan dharka dhaqanka.

Ancient Egyptian female dressesancient egyptian dresses

somali dressesyoung woman in traditional dress



Other Presence on the Web/Présence Web.

Ma présence sur d'autres sites:

1. Somali language in the LCTL project at the University of Minnesota.

Somali Language

2. The Somali language in the Universal Survey of Languages Project.

An ongoing work. Un travail inachevé. Wali baac kama qodna.

Somali Language

3. Diriye at Translators' pages at the Atrill Directory

Translators' pages

4. Diriye at Translators' pages at the Acquirius Directory

Translators' pages


Interests/ centre d'intérêts

My research interests include linguistic issues relating to the languages of North-east Africa, especially Cushitic languages. I am additionally interested in cultural, and historical issues, as well as multicultural issues relating to education and understanding between people of different cultures.

1. Linguistics (African, Somali, Cushitic, Semitic)

2. Ancient African History (Egypt, Meroe, Ethiopia)

3. Cultural issues and education

Discussions in several linguistic and historical fora

Generally these are unedited, as usually postings are.

·  Message 2: Re: 9.397, Disc: State of Comparative Linguistics 20 March, 1998.

·        Re- 10.602, Disc- Possession in Hebrew 27 April, 1999. (Actually a comparison between possession in Somali and Hebrew)

In: Historical Linguistics Mailing list

·        Item #948 (31 Jan 1999 18-37) - Re- Arabic and IE

·        Item #1055 (10 Mar 1999 10-16) - Re- Ma'a (Some history of Somali migrations)

·        Item #1049 (8 Mar 1999 08-46) - Re- Ma'a (Some history of Somali migrations)


·  In: Comparlingafric list

·  Re: Nilo-Saharan Homeland

·        in H-Africa

o       Benadir History

o       Continuity in Egyptian Civilisation

o       Some literature on Arsi (Oromo)

o       Teaching the Rwanda Genocide

o       Women and witches


Visit Some Somali/Africa related spots:



Visit some linguistics related places. Visitez des sites linguistiques.

My  Resume in PDF

(you will need a password to be able to read it)

Contact me at: (serious inquiries only, please):

Contactez-moi à (pour des questions sérieuses seulement, svp.):

Igala soo xidhiidh halkan (fadlan su'aal muhiima uun):

mdiriye @hotmail.com


You are number |/ since October 1998

Vous le ... d'avoir visité cette page depuis octobre 1998

Waxa tahay qofkii /| ee soo booqda boggan.


Thank you for the visit. Merci pour la visite. Amaano Allah; Nabad ku soo barri.


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