|Cypriot Maronite Arabic|
|Total speakers||1,300 (1995)|
|Language family|| Afro-Asiatic|
South Central Semitic
Cypriot Maronite Arabic
|Writing system||Arabic alphabet|
|Official language in||none|
|Note: This page may contain IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode.|
Cypriot Maronite Arabic (also known as Cypriot Arabic, Maronite, or Sanna) is one of the most divergent of Arabic varieties, spoken in Cyprus, especially by the Maronite community. Most speakers are situated in the capital, Nicosia, but others are located in Kormakiti and Limassol. The majority of speakers are over 30 years of age, as many in the younger generations only speak Cypriot Greek, partially because of inter-marriage with Greek-speaking Cypriots. The language was first introduced to the island by Arab Maronites fleeing Lebanon or Syria in the 8th century. The dialect of Arabic has been very heavily influenced by Greek in both phonology and vocabulary, while retaining certain unusually archaic features in other respects.
- Ethnologue entry for Cypriot Arabic
- Alexander Borg. A Comparative Glossary of Cypriot Maronite Arabic (Arabic-English). Brill 2004. ISBN 90 04 13198 1
- Alexander Borg. Cypriot Arabic Phonology. In Kaye, Alan S., editor, Phonologies of Asia and Africa (including the Caucasus), volume 1, chapter 15, pp. 219--244. Winona Lake, Indiana: Eisenbrauns, 1997. ISBN 1-57506-017-5
- Alexander Borg. Cypriot Arabic: A Historical and Comparative Investigation into the Phonology and Morphology of the Arabic Vernacular Spoken by the Maronites of Kormakiti Village in the Kyrenia District of North-Western Cyprus, Stuttgart: Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft, 1985. ISBN 3515039996
- Tsiapera, M. A Descriptive Analysis of Cypriot Maronite Arabic, The Hague: Mouton & Co., N.V., 1969.
- Cypriot Arabic in northern Cyprus by Alkan Chaglar, Toplum Postasi
- The Spoken Arabic Dialect Of The Maronites Of Cyprus, George Thomas 2000.
- German Homepage of Maronitische Christliche Union Deutschlands e.V. Arabic/German