Communal Dialects
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As used in the literature on varieties of Arabic, communal dialects are those associated with specific religious communities across the Arabic-speaking world. As such, they represent a distinct category of social dialects, that is, dialects that tell us something about a speaker's social background (e.g. sex, age, educ…

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Keith Walters, “Communal Dialects”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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