Northwest Arabian Arabic
|Northwest Arabian Arabic|
A Bedawi-speaking Bedouin person, 1913
|Native to||Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia & Syria|
|2.24 million (2015-2016)|
Northwest Arabian Arabic is a variety of Arabic spoken by Bedouins of the Sinai Peninsula, the Eastern Desert, the Negev, southern Jordan, and the northwestern corner of Saudi Arabia. In the eastern desert of Egypt, the dialect of the Maʿāzah borders the dialect of the ʿAbābdah, who speak a dialect more closely related to Sudanese Arabic.
The Northwest Arabian Arabic dialects share a number of features distinguishing them from the North Arabian Bedouin dialects:
- Absence of tanwīn and its residues.
- Absence of affricated variants of /g/ (< */q/) and /k/.
- Absence of final /n/ in the imperfect, 2nd person feminine singular, 2nd person masculine plural, and 3rd person masculine plural.
- The pronominal suffix of the 2nd person masculine plural is -ku (-kuw).
- The use of the locative preposition fi (fiy).
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