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Cypriot Maronite Arabic
(4,722 words)

1. Introduction

Cypriot Arabic is a non-literate vernacular that has been spoken natively in Cyprus for probably well over a millenium and continues to be used by a community of about 1,300 Cypriot Maronites, i.e. the former inhabitants of Kormakiti, or Korucam in Turkish, resettled in the Greek sector of Nicosia, in Larnaca and Limassol, in the aftermath of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974.

Reference to a Cypriot variety of Arabi…

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Alexander Borg, “Cypriot Maronite Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 24 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0076>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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