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Libyan Judeo-Arabic

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Author(s): Yoda Sumikazu
Arabic-speaking Jewish communities existed in the coastal cities of Libya and some of its inland villages. The Judeo-Arabic of the city of Tripoli shows many phenomena not found in surrounding Arabic dialects, but the linguistic situation of the entire Libyan territory has not yet been thoroughly investigated.Jewish Dialects of LibyaThis article mainly discusses the Arabic dialect of the Jews of the city of Tripoli (hereinafter TJ). Where necessary the IPA transcription notation is used (in some cases somewhat simplified).The cities or towns in Libya where Jews once lived…