Arabic, Tunisian Spoken

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A language of Tunisia

Alternate Names
Tunisian, Tunisian Arabic, Tunisian Darija
Population

9,000,000 in Tunisia (1995). Population total all countries: 9,406,900.

Language Status

3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.

Dialects

North-Western Tunisian, Sahil, Sfax, South-Eastern Tunisian, South-Western Tunisian, Tunis. Reportedly similar to Eastern Algerian Arabic [arq], but clearly distinct. Tunis dialect used in media and language textbooks for foreigners. Southern dialects structurally similar to those in Libya. A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1903–1928.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab].

Other Comments

Muslim.