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1. History and Arabization

Before the Arab invasion in the 7th century C.E., Libyans, Jews, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Vandals, and Byzantines peopled those countries which make up today's Libya. The Libyans were ancestors of the Berbers and spoke Libyan, from which derived the rest of the Berber dialects. Libyco-Berber (along with Egyptian, Couchitic, Chadian, and Semitic) is one of the five branches of the Hamito-Sem…

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Christophe Pereira, “Libya”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0194>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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