Communal Dialects
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In his 1953 study of a northern Palestinian Arabic dialect spoken by Druze, Haim Blanc notes that linguistic distinctions across what he termed ‘religio-ethnic communities’ in the Arabic-speaking world were understudied. His 1964 monograph on communal dialects in Baghdad remains the classic work on this topic. In important ways, it rightly continues to sha…

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Keith Walters, “Communal Dialects”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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