Palestinian Arabic
(6,398 words)

This entry describes Palestinian colloquial Arabic: its phonemic system, prosody, phonotactics, morphophonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and lexicon. The description is based on the documentation of a sizeble body of literature since the early 1900s.

1. General

1.1 Area

Palestinian Arabic is spoken in Palestine (Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip; see Map 1). As more than 50 percent of Palestinians live elsewhere, it is also spoken around the world.

1.2 Speakers

Palestinian Arabic is a…

Cite this page
Kimary N. Shahin, “Palestinian Arabic”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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