Omani Arabic

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Omani Arabic
Native to Oman
Region Hajar mountains and a few coastal towns
Native speakers
850,000  (ca. 1996)[1]
Arabic alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 acx
Glottolog oman1239[2]

Omani Arabic (also known as Omani Hadari Arabic) is a variety of Arabic dialect spoken in the Hajar Mountains of Oman and in a few neighboring coastal regions. It is the easternmost Arabic dialect. It was formerly spoken by colonists in Kenya and Tanzania, but most or all of them have shifted to Swahili. There are several distinct dialects of Omani Arabic, such as Dhofari Arabic and Shihhi Arabic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Omani Arabic at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Omani Arabic". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.