Arabic, Sanaani Spoken

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A language of Yemen

Alternate Names
Northern Yemeni Arabic
Population

7,600,000 (1996).

Location

Extends as far south as Dhamar.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous). De facto language of provincial identity in North Yemen.

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Use

Also use Standard Arabic [arb].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10%.
Other Comments

Distinct from Hadrami [ayh] and Ta’izzi-Adeni Arabic [acq]. Muslim (Zaydi).