15 Facts About Arabic dialects


In terms of typological classification, Arabic dialects dialectologists distinguish between two basic norms: Bedouin and Sedentary.

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Geographically, modern Arabic dialects varieties are classified into five groups: Maghrebi, Egyptic, Mesopotamian, Levantine and Peninsular Arabic dialects.

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Nearby varieties of Arabic dialects are mostly mutually intelligible, but faraway varieties tend not to be.

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Arabic dialects is characterized by a wide number of varieties; however, Arabic dialects speakers are often able to manipulate the way they speak based on the circumstances.

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The formal Arabic dialects language carries a considerable prestige in most Arabic dialects-speaking communities, depending on the context.

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Basic distinction that cuts across the entire geography of the Arabic dialects-speaking world is between sedentary and nomadic varieties.

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Probably the most divergent non-creole Arabic dialects variety is Cypriot Maronite Arabic dialects, a nearly extinct variety that has been heavily influenced by Greek, and written in Greek and Latin alphabets.

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Arabic dialects-based pidgins are in widespread use along the southern edge of the Sahara, and have been for a long time.

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Immigrant speakers of Arabic dialects often incorporate a significant amount of vocabulary from the host-country language in their speech, in a situation analogous to Spanglish in the United States.

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Vernacular Arabic dialects was first recognized as a written language distinct from Classical Arabic dialects in 17th century Ottoman Egypt, when the Cairo elite began to trend towards colloquial writing.

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Mizrahi Jews throughout the Arab world who spoke Judeo-Arabic dialects rendered newspapers, letters, accounts, stories, and translations of some parts of their liturgy in the Hebrew alphabet, adding diacritics and other conventions for letters that exist in Judeo-Arabic but not Hebrew.

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The Latin alphabet was advocated for Lebanese Arabic dialects by Said Aql, whose supporters published several books in his transcription.

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Arabic dialects's proposal was discussed in two sessions in the communion but was rejected, and faced strong opposition in cultural circles.

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Three scientific papers concluded, using various natural language processing techniques, that Levantine dialects were the closest colloquial varieties, in terms of lexical similarity, to Modern Standard Arabic: Harrat et al.

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Religion of Arabic dialects speakers is sometimes involved in shaping how they speak Arabic dialects.

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