Bedouin Arabic
(5,610 words)

1. Introduction

Bedouin Arabic is the colloquial Arabic spoken by speakers who are or consider themselves to be of Bedouin origin. Bedouin dialects have been divided into nomadic and semi-nomadic groups, according to their way of living and its effect on their dialects. Bedouin speakers, whether nomadic or not, constitute one of the two major demographically determined dialect groups of colloquial Arabic, the other one being sedentary dialects. In many regions, however, contemporar…

Cite this page
Judith Rosenhouse, “Bedouin Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0037>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831



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