Arabic, Judeo-Tunisian

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A language of Israel

Population

45,000 in Israel (1995 H. Mutzafi). Population total all countries: 45,500.

Location

Also in France, Italy, Spain, Tunisia.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

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, 5% Hebrew loanwords, 2% others (D. Cohen 1985:254).

Language Use

Mainly older adults. Also use Hebrew [heb].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1897–1937.
Writing
Arabic script. Hebrew script, no longer in use.
Other Comments

Jewish.

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