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Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

A language of Iraq

ISO 639-3acm

Population  11,500,000 in Iraq. Population total all countries: 15,100,000.
Region  Tigris and Euphrates area. Also in Iran, Jordan, Syria, Turkey (Asia).
Language map  Iraq
Alternate names   Arabic, Baghdadi, Furati, Iraqi Arabic, Mesopotamian Gelet Arabic, Mesopotamian Qeltu Arabic
Dialects  Anatolian Cluster, Tigris Cluster, Euphrates Cluster. Geographical and sectarian divisions correlate with Iraqi dialects. The vernacular standard based on Baghdad speech. Also Bedouin dialects. Nearly unintelligible to speakers of certain other vernacular Arabic varieties. Anatolian Cluster in Turkey.
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic
A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara] (Saudi Arabia).
Language use  National language.
Language development  Radio programs. TV.
Comments  SVO. Muslim (Shi’a, Sunni), Christian, Jewish, Yezidi.

Also spoken in:

Iran

Language name   Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Population  1,200,000 in Iran.
Region  Khuzestan Province, southwest side of Zagros Mountains, Shatt al Arab River bank.
Alternate names  Arabi, Mesopotamian Gelet Arabic
Comments  Muslim (Shi’a).
 

Syria

Language name   Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Population  1,800,000 in Syria.
Region  Eastern Syria.
Language map  Jordan and Syria
Alternate names  Furati, Mesopotamian Gelet Arabic, North Syrian Arabic
Dialects  Euphrates Cluster.
Comments  Muslim, Christian, Jewish.
 
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