Damascus Arabic
(6,050 words)

1. General

Damascus Arabic (llahže ššāmiyye) is spoken in Damascus, capital of the Syrian Arab Republic (1.6 million people in 2004; 3.5 million including Greater Damascus, with an important proportion of non-native speakers: immigrants from various parts of the country, Palestinians). In the old villages of the surrounding Ġūṭa different dialects are spoken, which have not yet been studied. Damascus Arabic is well understood in the wh…

Cite this page
Jérôme Lentin, “Damascus Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 18 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0077>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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