North Mesopotamian Arabic

North Mesopotamian Arabic
North Mesopotamian Arabic
Spoken in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey
Native speakers 6,300,000  (date missing)
Language family
Writing system Arabic alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ayp

North Mesopotamian Arabic (also known as Maslawi meaning 'of Mosul') is a variety of Arabic spoken north of the Hamrin Mountains in Iraq, in northwestern Iran in northern Syria, and in southeastern Turkey (in the eastern Mediterranean Region, Southeastern Anatolia Region, and southern Eastern Anatolia Region).[1] Like Iraqi Arabic and Syrian Arabic, it shows some signs of an Aramaic substrate.[2]

Cypriot Arabic shares a large number of common features with Mesopotamian Arabic;[3] particularly the northern variety, and has been reckoned as belonging to this dialect area.[4]

See also


  1. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  2. ^ R. J. al-Mawsely, al-Athar, al-Aramiyyah fi lughat al-Mawsil al-amiyyah (Lexicon: Aramaic in the popular language of Mosul): Baghdad 1963
  3. ^ Versteegh, Kees (2001). The Arabic Language. Edinburgh University Press. p. 212. ISBN 0748614362. 
  4. ^ Owens, Jonathan (2006). A Linguistic History of Arabic. Oxford University Press. p. 274. ISBN 0199290822. 

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