Do Jordanians really speak like Palestinians?

  • Bruno Herin


A common belief is that Jordanian Arabic is mostly similar to Palestinian Arabic. It will be shown that although the dialects of the eastern and western bank of the Jordan river are rightly classified as Southern Levantine, there is compelling linguistic evidence that the sedentary varieties spoken in Jordan did not originate from Palestine, but rather from the North, more precisely from Horān, an ancient settlement area of the Levant located between what is now Jordan and Syria.