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Arabic, North Levantine Spoken

A language of Syria

ISO 639-3: apc

Population 8,800,000 in Syria (1991). Population includes 6,000,000 in Lebanese-Central Syrian, 1,000,000 in North Syrian. Population total all countries: 14,309,537.
Region Also spoken in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, Israel, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mali, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey (Asia).
Alternate names   Levantine Arabic, North Levantine Arabic, Lebanese-Syrian Arabic, Syro-Lebanese Arabic
Dialects There is an urban standard dialect based on Damascus speech. Beiruti dialect is well accepted here. Aleppo dialect shows Mesopotamian (North Syrian) influence.
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic
Language use Used in drama.
Language development Radio programs. TV.
Comments Muslim, Christian, Druze, Jewish.

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Language name   Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
Population 3,900,000 in Lebanon (1991).
Region Throughout Lebanon.
Alternate names   Levantine Arabic, Lebanese-Syrian Arabic, Syro-Lebanese Arabic
Dialects North Lebanese Arabic, South Lebanese Arabic (Shii, Metuali), North-Central Lebanese Arabic (Mount Lebanon Arabic), South-Central Lebanese Arabic (Druze Arabic), Standard Lebanese Arabic, Beqaa Arabic, Sunni Beiruti Arabic, Saida Sunni Arabic, Iqlim-Al-Kharrub Sunni Arabic, Jdaideh Arabic.
Language use National language.
Comments Muslim, Christian, Druze.