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Languages of Cyprus

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Cyprus. 775,927. National or official languages: Greek, Turkish. Republic of Cyprus, Kypriaki Dimokratia, Kibris Cumhuriyeti. Literacy rate: 95% to 99%. Also includes Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, North Levantine Spoken Arabic. Information mainly from A. Borg 1985. Deaf population: 49,259. Deaf institutions: 2. The number of languages listed for Cyprus is 4. Of those, all are living languages.

Living languages

Arabic, Cypriot Spoken

[acy] 1,300 (1995). Ethnic population: 6,000 in the Cypriot Maronite ethnic group, 140 Maronites in Kormatiki, 80 to 100 in Limassol, the rest in the Maronite community in Nicosia. Kormakiti, one of 4 Maronite villages in the mountains of northern Cyprus, and in refugee communities in Nicosia and Limassol. Alternate names: Cypriot Maronite Arabic, Maronite, Sanna.  Classification: Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic 
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[hye] 2,740 in Cyprus (1987).  Alternate names: Haieren, Somkhuri, Ermenice, Armjanski.  Dialects: Western Armenian.  Classification: Indo-European, Armenian 
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[ell] 578,000 in Cyprus (1995). Nearly all in southern Cyprus. Dialects: Cypriot Greek.  Classification: Indo-European, Greek, Attic 
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[tur] 177,000 in Cyprus (1995). Nearly all in northern Cyprus. Alternate names: Osmanli.  Classification: Altaic, Turkic, Southern, Turkish 
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