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Egypt
(7,930 words)

1. General linguistic situation

1.1 Languages spoken in Egypt

Apart from Arabic, some Afro-Asiatic languages are spoken in Egypt, viz. Berber in the oasis of Siwa, Bedja (Bišāri) in the Eastern Desert to the south of the Aswān – Berenike line, as well as in Darāw and in the išŠēx Harūn quarter of Aswān. Reliable numbers of speakers of these languages are difficult to obtain. Bišāri speakers are estimated at about 15,000 (http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=SD) in Egypt and Su…

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David Wilmsen, “Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0001>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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