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A language of Egypt
ISO 639-3arz
Alternate NamesLower Egypt Arabic, Masri, Massry, Normal Egyptian Arabic
Population52,500,000 in Egypt (2006). Population total all countries: 55,039,000.
LocationWidespread.
Language MapsEgypt and Libya
Language Status3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language.
ClassificationAfro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic
DialectsCairene Arabic, North Delta Arabic, South Central Delta Arabic. Egyptian Spoken Arabic, based on Cairo speech (Cairene) is the most widely understood variety used for media, both in Egypt and throughout the non-nomadic Arab world. It is an amalgam of Delta Arabic and Middle Egypt Arabic, with borrowings from literary Arabic. A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara].
Language UseAll domains. Also use English [eng] in academic settings. Also use French [fra] in academic settings. Used as L2 by Mattokki [xnz], Sa’idi Spoken Arabic [aec], Siwi [siz].
Language DevelopmentRadio programs. Films. TV. Grammar. NT: 1932–2012.
Language ResourcesOLAC resources in and about Arabic, Egyptian Spoken
WritingArabic script [Arab], primary usage. Braille script [Brai].
Other CommentsMuslim.
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