Egyptian Arabic

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Egyptian Arabic
اللغه المصريه الحديثه
Pronunciation[elˈloɣæ l.mɑsˤˈɾejjɑ l.ħæˈdisæ]
Native toEgypt
Native speakers
58,412,000 (2014)[1]
Arabic alphabet Latin alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3arz
Glottologegyp1253[2]
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Egyptian Arabic (Ma مصري) is a kind of the Arabic language of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family.

It came from the people living in the Nile Delta in Lower Egypt around the capital Cairo. It originates from the spoken Arabic brought to Egypt during the AD seventh-century Muslim conquest of Egypt.

Masri was formed also of Copto-Egyptian language of pre-Islamic Egypt,[3][4][5] and other languages such as Turkish.

Egyptian Arabic language is not officially recognized by Egyptian government.

More than 76 million people in Egypt speak Masri. Also a lot of people in the Middle East can understand Masri.

References[change | change source]

  1. Egyptian Arabic at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Egyptian Arabic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. Nishio, Tetsuo. "Word order and word order change of wh-questions in Egyptian Arabic: The Coptic substratum reconsidered". Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference of L'Association Internationale pour la Dialectologie Arabe. Cambridge: University of Cambridge. 1996, pp. 171-179
  4. Bishai, Wilson B. "Coptic grammatical influence on Egyptian Arabic". Journal of the American Oriental Society. No.82, pp. 285-289.
  5. Youssef (2003), below.