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Somali linguistic varieties are divided into three main groups: Northern, Benadir and Maay. Northern Somali (or Northern-Central Somali) forms the basis for Standard Somali,[18] particularly the Mudug dialect of the northernDarod. It is today spoken in an area stretching from northern Somalia to parts of the eastern and southwestern sections of the country.[19] This widespread modern distribution is a result of a long series of southward population movements over the past ten centuries from the Gulf of Aden littoral.[20] Northern Somali has frequently been used by famous Somali poets as well as the political elite, and thus has the most prestige out of the Somali dialects.[21]