Peninsular Arabic

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Peninsular Arabic
Southern Arabic
Arabian Peninsula
Linguistic classification: Afro-Asiatic
Glottolog: arab1393[1]

Peninsular Arabic, or Southern Arabic, is the varieties of Arabic spoken throughout the Arabian Peninsula. This includes the countries of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq and the tribal people of Jordan (the native Jordanians).

As this area is the homeland of the Arabic language, the language spoken there are closer to Classical Arabic. some of these dialects have retained many archaic features that were lost in other dialects such as the conservation of nunation for indeterminate nouns, and retains most of the Classical Syntax and Vocabulary. but they are also as divergent from Classical Arabic as other dialects may be.


An overview of the different Arabic varieties

The following varieties are usually noted:


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Arabian Peninsula Arabic". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.