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Expression talk:Arabic

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This article (Arabic) needs attention because:
Arabic is a macro language, it is NOT one language. As a consequence the definition is flawed.
It has been added to this category for attention. Thank you for your patience.

Arabic is the standard language of Arab people, and it's divided into:

The Ancient Arabic (not spoken any more, and can't be understood).

The Pre-Islam language (was spoken before Islam time, not spoken any more, difficult, but still existed, and the Arabic Old Poetry is written in it).

The Classical Language (after Islam till the modern time, has a bit difference in the structure of the sentences, and some other differences, still existed and understood).

And finally, The Modern Standard Arabic which is used in media and schools, and it's the formal language. It's understood by all the Arab speakers.

There are so many dialects in Arabic language, taking from its old forms, and from other languages some times, but they are dialects, local ones, can't be understood by all, and certainly can not be used in the formal speech.

There are two things to define here: First, what journalists and other non-linguists refer to when they say "Arabic", and second what a correct linguistic definition would be. While there are clear linguistic arguments that "Arabic" is not one language but a "macrolanguage", this is not reflected in the common usage of the term. The question here is, is OmegaWiki a scientific dictionary, that only reflects "correct" usages of terms, or do we want to include "normal" ways words are used. --Mkill 03:18, 13 March 2007 (EDT)

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