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150 The Stickiness of Languages

Many Greek Cypriots still speak the language called “Cypriot Maronite Arabic”, that is, 12 centuries after their settlement and integration in the Greek side of the Island. Languages are stickier than we think People tend to associate languages with states, when the correlation was low before 1917: around the Mediterranean, particularly in Asia Minor, languages had no link to the rule Armenians spent thousands of years in the area between Cilicia to Aleppo, way past the lifetime of some “Armenian State”;etc.. It is only today that the Cypriot Arabic language has weakened , thanks to Facebook and intermarriage. Semitic languages being based on the triplet of consonnants –using vowels mainly for declensions — are very stable the drift in Cypriot Maronite Arabic appears very small.

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