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Damascus Arabic
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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 whole country, and in Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine.

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Jérôme Lentin, “Damascus Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 11 December 2019 <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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