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Kuwaiti Arabic
(7,154 words)


1. General

1.1 Area

The mainland of Kuwait is a wedge-shaped, almost perfectly flat expanse of desert (17,818 km2) with borders to the north and northwest with Iraq and to the west and south with Saudi Arabia. It has a coastline approximately 195 km in length. There are three principal islands: Failaka, 20 km east of Kuwait City, which once had a small population but has been uninhabited since the Iraqis expelled the population in 1990, and the much bigger islands of Warbah and Bubiyan, at the head of the Gulf, which a…

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Clive Holes, “Kuwaiti Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 29 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0078>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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