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Arabic, Judeo-Tunisian

A language of Israel

ISO 639-3ajt

Population  45,000 in Israel (1995 H. Mutzafi). Population total all countries: 352,500.
Region  Also in France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia, United States.
Dialects  Medium intelligibility with Judeo-Moroccan Arabic [aju] and Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic [yud], but none with Judeo-Iraqi Arabic [yhd]. A lexicon of 5,000 words in 1950 had 79% words of Arabic origin, 15% Romance loanwords, 4.4% Hebrew loanwords, 1.6% others (D. Cohen 1985:254).
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic
A member of macrolanguage Judeo-Arabic [jrb] (Israel).
Language use  Mainly older adults. Also use Hebrew [heb].
Language development  Bible portions: 1897–1937.
Writing system  Arabic script. Hebrew script, no longer in use.
Comments  Jewish.

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Language name   Arabic, Judeo-Tunisian
Population  500 in Tunisia (1994 H. Mutzafi).
Dialects  Tunis.
Language use  Most Jews in Tunisia now speak French.
Comments  Jewish.
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