South Levantine Arabic
اللهجة الشامية الجنوبية
Native toJordan, Palestine, Israel, Syria
Speakers13 million (2019)[1]
Arabic alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3(covered by apc)
  South Levantine
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South Levantine Arabic (Arabic: اللهجة الشامية الجنوبية) is a subdivision of Levantine Arabic. It is spoken in the Southern Levant, mostly the Palestinian Territories (the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip) and Israel, as well as in most of Jordan (in the ‘Ajlun, Al Balqa’, Al Karak, Al Mafraq, ‘Amman, Irbid, Jarash, and Madaba governorates).[2] It is also spoken in Southern Syria, particularly in the Hauran region of Daraa Governorate.[citation needed] South Levantine Arabic is further subdivided in Jordanian Arabic and Palestinian Arabic.


  1. ^ South Levantine Arabic at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022) closed access
  2. ^ Jordan and Syria in Eberhard, David M.; Simons, Gary F.; Fennig, Charles D., eds. (2022). Ethnologue: Languages of the World (25th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International.