Palestine (West Bank and Gaza): Language Situation

M. Amara

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The Palestinian language situation is rich and colorful. In addition to Arabic, the mother tongue of the Palestinians, and English, known and used by a large segment of the Palestinians, especially younger generations, the Palestinian linguistic repertoire includes Hebrew and various European languages such as French, Spanish, German, and Italian. The domains of these languages are educational institutions, places of work, immigration, tourism, and travel. Minority languages, including Armenian, Assyrian, Abyssinian, and Coptic, are to be found in the Palestinian language mosaic, though these languages are restricted to speakers in Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Language & Linguistics
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780080448541
StatePublished - 2006


  • Arabic
  • Badawi
  • Diglossia
  • English
  • European languages
  • Fellahi
  • French
  • Gaza Strip
  • Hebrew
  • Madani
  • Minority languages
  • West Bank


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