Arabic, North Levantine SpokenPrint
L1 users: 18,800,000 (2014 J. Leclerc). Total users in all countries: 26,113,550.
Al Ladhiqiyah and Tartus governorates; widespread along Mediterranean coast.
3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.
There is an urban standard dialect based on Damascus speech. Beiruti dialect well accepted. Aleppo dialect shows Mesopotamian (North Syrian) influence. A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].
Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab].
Druze, Christian, Jewish, Muslim.