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Arabic, South Levantine Spoken

A language of Jordan

ISO 639-3: ajp

Population 3,500,000 in Jordan (1996). Population total all countries: 6,145,000.
Region Also spoken in Argentina, Egypt, Israel, Kuwait, Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, Puerto Rico, Syria.
Alternate names   Levantine Arabic, South Levantine Arabic, Palestinian-Jordanian Arabic
Dialects Madani, Fellahi. There are differences from village to village of which speakers are aware. There is a newly emerging urban standard dialect based on Amman.
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic
Language use Used in drama.
Language development Radio programs. TV. Bible portions: 1940–1973.
Comments Muslim, Christian.

Also spoken in:

Israel

Language name   Arabic, South Levantine Spoken
Population 910,000 in Israel.
Alternate names   Levantine, Palestanian-Jordanian Arabic
Dialects Madani, Fellahi.
Language use Speakers also use Hebrew.
Language development Literacy rate in second language: 90% in Arabic, 60% in Hebrew.
Comments A few hundred speakers are of Gypsy origin. Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Druze.
   

Palestinian West Bank and Gaza

Language name   Arabic, South Levantine Spoken
Population 1,600,000 in Palestinian West Bank and Gaza (1996).
Alternate names   Bedawi
Dialects Madani, Fellahi.
Language use Speakers also use Hebrew.
Comments Distinct from North Levantine (Lebanese-Syrian) Arabic. Muslim, Christian.