Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken


A language of Iraq

Alternate Names
Maslawi, Mesopotamian Qeltu Arabic, Moslawi, Syro-Mesopotamian Vernacular Arabic
مصلاوي‎ (Maslawi)

7,570,000 in Iraq (Leclerc 2014b). Total users in all countries: 8,694,000.


Al Anbar, Arbil, As Sulaymaniyah, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninawa, and Salah ad Din governorates: Tigris and Euphrates valleys north of Baghdad; An Najaf, Al Qadisiyah, and Babil governorates: border area northeast of An-Najaf.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous). De facto language of provincial identity in Kurdistan Region.


Mardini Aramaic (Abdul-Massih, Jesrawi, Mardilli, Mardini), Tigris Group, Euphrates Group, Kurdistan Group. Reportedly very similar to Judeo-Iraqi Arabic [yhd], but has important sociolinguistic differences. A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].

Language Development

Grammar. NT: 2012.


Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab].

Other Comments

Muslim, Christian.

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