Samaritan

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A language of Palestine

Alternate Names
Samaritan Hebrew, Shamerim
Population

No known L1 speakers in Palestine. Ethnic population: 620 (1999 H. Mutzafi). Total users in all countries: NaN.

Location

Nablus Governorate.

Language Status

9 (Dormant).

Language Use

Samaritan Hebrew and Samaritan Aramaic [sam] secondarily mainly used as liturgical languages. About 30% live near Nablus and speak Palestinian Arabic [ajp] as L1. Others live near Tel Aviv and speak Hebrew [heb] as L1. Religion.

Language Development
Bible: 1853.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Hebrew script [Hebr], no longer in use. Samaritan script [Samr].

Other Comments

Jewish.

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