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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, …

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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 13 December 2019 <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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