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Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken

A language of Iraq

ISO 639-3: ayp

Population 5,400,000 in Iraq (1992). Population total all countries: 6,300,000.
Region Along most of the Tigris and part of the Euphrates valleys north of Baghdad. Also spoken in Jordan, Syria, Turkey (Asia).
Alternate names   Syro-Mesopotamian Vernacular Arabic, Moslawi, Mesopotamian Qeltu Arabic
Dialects Very close to Judeo-Iraqi Arabic, but there are important sociolinguistic differences.
Classification Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic
Comments Muslim, Christian.

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Language name   Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken
Population 300,000 in Syria (1992).
Region Far eastern Syria.
Alternate names   Moslawi, Syro-Mesopotamian Arabic, Mesopotamian Qeltu Arabic
Comments Muslim, Christian.

Turkey (Asia)

Language name   Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken
Population 400,000 in Turkey (1992).
Region Mardin and Siirt provinces.
Alternate names   Syro-Mesopotamian Vernacular Arabic
Language use Men are quite bilingual in Turkish.
Comments They do not read Arabic. Agriculturalists; small shops, businesses. Muslim, Christian.