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Juba Arabic
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1. General

1.1 Area, range, functions

Juba Arabic is the name given to an Arabic-based variety spoken mainly in the southern part of the Sudan and more precisely in Juba, the capital city of the Equatoria region. There are indications that the Arabic varieties spoken in the other southern regions (Bahr al Ghazal and Upper Nile) are dialectally distinctive. Juba Arabic is spoken either as an interethnic lingua franca or as a mother tongue among the members of the South Sudanese urban population w…

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Catherine Miller, “Juba Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0066>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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