Palestinian Arabic
(6,658 words)

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 native language to approximately 8.5 million people. The lifestyles in the dialect area are urba…

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 23 February 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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