Arabic, Cypriot Spoken

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A language of Cyprus

Alternate Names
Cypriot Maronite Arabic, Kormakiti, Maronite
Autonym
Sanna
Population

9,760 (2013 UNSD).

Location

Kyrenia district: north shore; Limassol district: south shore; Lefkosia district: Kormakiti, Nicosia city, and Peristonem; several Maronite mountain villages. Mainly urban communities.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Use

Adults only. Also use Greek [ell], Turkish [tur]. Also use Standard Arabic [arb]. No diglossia with Standard Arabic [arb].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Revitalization effort producing written materials.

Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [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.

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