Arabic, Cypriot Spoken

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A language of Cyprus

Alternate Names
Cypriot Maronite Arabic, Maronite, Sanna
Population

1,300 (1995). Ethnic population: 6,000. 140 Maronites in Kormatiki, 80 to 100 in Limassol, the rest in the Maronite community in Nicosia.

Location

Northern Cyprus, Kormakiti, one of 4 Maronite villages in the mountains.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Use

Revitalization effort producing written materials. All older than 30 years. 140 mainly older adults in Kormatiki. No diglossia with Standard Arabic [arb]. Also use Greek [ell], Turkish [tur].

Writing

Arabic script [Arab], no longer in use. Greek script [Grek], no longer in use. Latin script [Latn], revitalization efforts in one town.

Other Comments

A hybrid language with roots in the Arabic of both Anatolia and Levant. Many borrowings from Syriac [syc] and Greek [ell]. Ethnonym: Maronites. Christian (Maronite).