Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic

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Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic
Native to Israel
Native speakers
35,000  (1994)[1]
Hebrew alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3 yud
Glottolog jude1264[2]

Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic (also known as Tripolitanian Judeo-Arabic, Jewish Tripolitanian-Libyan Arabic, Tripolita'it, Yudi) is a variety of Arabic spoken by Jews formerly living in Libya. Most speakers now live in Israel and Italy. Most speakers are over 40.[3] Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic differs from standard Libyan Arabic in that it closely resembles the original dialect of the sedentary population, whereas much of Libya's population now speaks Bedouin-influenced varieties of Arabic.[4]


  1. ^ Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Judeo-Tripolitanian Arabic". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  4. ^ (Russian) Judæo-Arabic languages. Jewish Electronic Encyclopædia.

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