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Arabic, Libyan Spoken

A language of Libya

ISO 639-3ayl

Population  4,000,000 in Libya (2006). Population total all countries: 4,321,000.
Region  Especially north half. Also in Egypt, Niger.
Language map  Egypt and Libya
Alternate names   Libyan Vernacular Arabic, Sulaimitian Arabic, Western Egyptian Bedawi Spoken Arabic
Dialects  Tripolitanian Arabic, Southern Libyan Arabic, Eastern Libyan Arabic. In the west it is similar to Bedouin Arabic of southern Tunisia [aeb].
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, South, Arabic
A member of macrolanguage Arabic [ara] (Saudi Arabia).
Comments  Agriculturalists: wheat, barley, olives, citrus, dates; animal husbandry. Muslim (Sunni).

Also spoken in:

Egypt

Language name   Arabic, Western Egyptian Bedawi Spoken
Population  316,000 in Egypt (2002).
Region  Bedouin regions from Alexandria edge west to Libya border; some in western oases.
Language map  Egypt and Libya
Alternate names  Bedawi, Libyan Spoken Arabic, Maghrebi Arabic, Sulaimitian Arabic
Dialects  Western Egyptian Bedawi Arabic, Tripolitanian Arabic, Southern Libyan Arabic, Eastern Libyan Arabic.
Comments  Muslim (Sunni).
 

Niger

Language name   Arabic, Libyan Spoken
Population  5,000 in Niger (1998).
Region  East, north of N’guigmi near Ngourti.
Language map  Niger
Alternate names  Libyan Vernacular Arabic, Sulaimitian Arabic
Comments  Muslim.
 
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