The affiliation of Maltese within other Arabic vernaculars is a controversial issue. It is likely that successive waves of impact reached the Maltese shores from different Arab stations and at different points in the island's history (for theories about a Phoenician origin of Maltese, Malta). Most linguists (see, for example, Aquilina 1961, 1979) agree that typologically Maltese fits well into the general characteristics of Maghrebi dialect…
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Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong.
Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0203>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831