Judeo-Yemeni Arabic (also known as Judeo-Yemeni, Yemenite Judeo-Arabic) is a variety of Arabic spoken by Jews living or formerly living in Yemen. The language is quite different from mainstream Yemeni Arabic, and is written in the Hebrew script. The cities of San`a, `Aden, Beida, and Habban each have (or had) their own dialect. [1 ]
Yemenite Jews have moved to Israel, where 50,000 speakers of Judeo-Yemeni lived in 1995. At the time, 1,000 remained in Yemen. According to Yemeni rabbi Al-Marhabi, most of these have since left for the United States, and fewer than 100 Jews remain in Yemen. [1 ]
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Khan, G. (Ed.). (2013, January 1). Hebrew as a secret Language in Yemenite Judeo-Arabic (EHLL). Retrieved February 13, 2015, from
http://www.academia.edu/6421917/Hebrew_as_a_secret_Language_in_Yemenite_Judeo-Arabic_EHLL_ Wexler, P. (n.d.). Jewish Interlinguistics: Facts and Conceptual Framework. Retrieved February 13, 2015, from
http://www.jstor.org/stable/414288 Piamenta, Moshe. 1990-1991. A dictionary of post-classical Yemeni Arabic. Leiden: Brill. (Includes bibliographical references (v. 1, p. xv-xxiv)).
Goitein, Shelomo D. 1960. The language of al-gades: The main characteristics of an Arabic dialect spoken in Lower Yemen. Le Muséon 73. 351-394.
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