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Arab-American Language and Culture LIN 200
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Who are the Arab-Americans? ! Immigrants from the Arabic-speaking countries have been settling in the United States since the 1880’s. ! Not all people from the Middle East are Arabs. (Also Persians, Turks, Jews, etc.)
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What languages are spoken by people from the Middle East? Arabic Turkish Persian Kurdish Berber Hebrew Assyrian/Chaldean etc.
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Who is an “Arab”?
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Who is an “Arab”? One whose language is Arabic
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Who is an “Arab”? One whose language is Arabic ! An Afro-Asiatic language ( Semitic branch, like Hebrew) ! Spoken by 221 million people in the Middle East and North Africa. ! 5th among world languages in terms of number of speakers.
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! Majorities in: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine (West Bank & Gaza), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen. ! Minorities in: Chad, Cyprus, Djibouti, Eritrea, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uzbekistan
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Arabic loanwords into English admiral, adobe, alchemy, alcohol, algebra, algorithm, alkali, almanac, lute, macrame, mascara, mattress, safari, tariff, zero apricot, artichoke, aubergine, coffee, cotton, falafel, gazelle, hashish, jasmine, mocha, rice, saffron, sherbet, sorbet, syrup, sugar, sesame, tahini, tamarind
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Demographics ! 3.5 million Arab-Americans !
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