ARABIC, JUDEO-IRAQI: a language of Israel

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: YHD

ISO 639-2: jrb

Population 100,000 to 120,000 in Israel (1994 H. Mutzafi). Population total all countries 105,000 to 125,000.
Region Originally from Iraq. Also spoken in India, Iraq, United Kingdom.
Alternate names   IRAQI JUDEO-ARABIC, JEWISH IRAQI-BAGHDADI ARABIC, ARABI, YAHUDIC
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic.
Comments Not intelligible with Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic, Judeo-Tunisian Arabic, or Judeo-Moroccan Arabic. Close to Baghdadi Arabic. Speakers in Israel are reported to be bilingual in Hebrew. Over 40 years old (1994 H. Mutzafi). The term 'Yahudic' is used by a few scholars to denote all Judeo-Arabic languages. Investigation needed: intelligibility with North Mesopotamian Arabic. Hebrew script used. Jewish.

Also spoken in:

Iraq   
Language name   ARABIC, JUDEO-IRAQI
Population 100 to 150 in Iraq (1992 H. Mutzafi).
Alternate names   IRAQI JUDEO-ARABIC, JEWISH IRAQI-BAGHDADI ARABIC, ARABI, YAHUDIC
Comments Not intelligible with Judeo-Arabic of Libya, Judeo-Arabic of Tunisia, or Morocco. Close to North Mesopotamian Arabic. All are elderly (1992). Jewish. See main entry under Israel.
 

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com/14.

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