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Dhofari Arabic (also known as Dhofari, Zofari) is a variety of Arabic, spoken in Salalah, Oman, Yemen, and the surrounding coastal regions (the Dhofar Governorate).[1]

Dhofari Arabic
Native toOman
Native speakers
70,000 (1996)[1]
Arabic alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3adf

Nomadic and sedentary communities live in the area, and for them Dhofari neo-Arabic can be a first language or a second language or lingua franca, spoken with varying degrees of fluency.[3]


See alsoEdit


RICHARD J. DAVEY, Coastal Dhofari Arabic: A Sketch Grammar. Leiden, Brill, 2016.

NICHOLAUS RHODOKANAKIS, Der Vulgärarabische Dialekt im Đofâr (Ẓfâr), 2 volumes, 1908 & 1911.


  1. ^ a b Dhofari Arabic at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Dhofari Arabic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ MORANO, ROBERTA (October 2018). "Richard J. Daley, Coastal Dhofari Arabic: Sketch Grammar". Journal of Semitic Studies. 69, Issue 2: 545–547.

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