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Bahraini Arabic
(9,269 words)


1. General

1.1 Area

Bahrain is an archipelago (552 square kilometers) halfway between the head of the Gulf and the Straits of Hormuz, 20 kilometers off the coast of Saudi Arabia. In 1999 the population was approximately 660,000, of whom 402,000 were Bahrain nationals. Its dialects are of two types: those of the so-called ʿArab (lit. ‘Arabs’, henceforth ‘A’), and those of the Baḥārna (lit. ‘Bahrain-dwellers’, henceforth ‘B’). The A community, which includes the ruling family, and is Sunni, traces its origin to Najd. Th…

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Clive Holes, “Bahraini Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0035>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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