|Ethnicity||Jbalas, Ghomaras, Sanhajas de Srayr|
|ISO 639-3||(included in Moroccan Arabic [ary])|
Ethnolinguistic map of northern Morocco: purple represents Jebli-speaking areas, blue represents other pre-Hilalian Arabic-speaking areas (old Urban, Zerhoun and Sefrou area)
Jebli (Jebelia) is a pre-Hilalian Arabic dialect spoken in the mountains of northwestern Morocco.
The historical development of this Moroccan dialect is unclear.
The word jebli means "of/from the mountain". It is mainly spoken in the western and southern Rif by tribes of Sherifian, Berber and Morisco descent over the past ten centuries.
Jebli is heavily influenced by Berber; the grammar of Jebli is almost Berber while most of the words are Arabic. The vocabulary is highly influenced by Spanish.
|Jebli||English translation||Source language/etymology|
|trawzez||blue jeans||trousers (English)|
|assallas||darkness||asellas "darkness" (Berber)|
|karretēra||car road||carretera "paved road/highway" (Spanish)|
|âyyəl, ṭfel||boy||عائلة "family" (Classical Arabic); cf. Egyptian Arabic: ˤayyel "child" Or i3eyallen iyyalen in (Berber)|
|ħami||warm||حام "feverish" (Classical Arabic); cf. Iraqi Arabic: ħɑ̄mi "warm"|
|qayla||sun||قائلة "resting" (spec. at noon time); due to the time of rest when the sun was at its highest point at noon (Classical Arabic)|
|jjro||dog||jaru "puppy" (Classical Arabic)|