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Chad Arabic
(5,078 words)

More than 850,000 Arabs live in the Sahelian zone of Chad. Chadian Arabic is a vehicular language spoken by about 60 percent of the population. It has its own characteristics, which come from the rural nomadic society in which it originated and the society of city-dwellers in which it developed.

1. A mosaic of peoples

The population of Chad, estimated at 8 million persons, is a true ethnic mosaic of diverse peo…

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Peder Patrice and Jullien de Pommerol, “Chad Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 09 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0052>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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