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Meccan Arabic
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1. General

Meccan Arabic refers to the variety of Arabic spoken mainly in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. In addition, it is widely used and understood in both Jeddah and Madinah, and less so in Taʾif. While the majority of the native speakers of the dialect live in Mecca and its suburbs, it is difficult to arrive at an accurate number of the speakers due to the extremely cosmopolitan nature of the population of Mecca and its constant settlement by speakers of other dialects. The annual pilgrimage season and …

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Mahasen Abu Mansour, “Meccan Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 09 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0208>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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