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Beirut Arabic
(6,186 words)

1. General Remarks

Beirut has a population of 1,500,000 people. The country's oldest urban communities are the Sunnis and Greek-Orthodox. Successive waves of migration brought Maronites, Shiʿis, Druzes, Greek-Catholic, Syriacs, as well as Syrians, Palestinians, Kurds, Armenians, and others. Colloquial Arabic is the means of communication, par excellence. To varying degrees, the population is bilingual: French or English is taught at the primary school level. It is mostly among the upper…

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Samia Naïm, “Beirut Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0039>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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