Samaritan

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A language of Palestine

Alternate Names
Samaritan Hebrew
Population

No known L1 speakers in Palestine. Ethnic population: 620 (1999 H. Mutzafi).

Location

West Bank near Nablus, Tel Aviv, Israel. Also in Israel.

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. Hebrew script, no longer in use. Samaritan script.
Other Comments

Jewish (Samaritan).