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    Quote Originally Posted by tauromenion View Post
    Again, Malta was almost uninhabited before it was repopulated with people from Sicily. The "Maltese" language (Sicilian Arabic, let's call it by its proper name) was spoken in Sicily first, when there was almost no one living in Malta. A peer review study shows this.. why would I ever believe you over a peer reviewed study?
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    Yup, but I'd also stress that the variety of Arabic Maltese diverged from originated in Sicily and Southern Italy, if that's not a huge clue I don't know what is.


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    By the way @tauromenion , who the hell says Maltese isn't an Arabic language?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EliasAlucard View Post
    By the way @tauromenion , who the hell says Maltese isn't an Arabic language?
    The Maltese, by virtue of calling it a separate language

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    1. Standard Maltese is not mutually intelligible enough with Standard Arabic (Fusha) to be considered a dialect of it.

    2. You make the point that it is mutually intelligible with Tunisian Arabic. Yes, that is true, however Tunisian Arabic isn't considered "proper Arabic" but just a divergent dialect of Arabic and is not used as the basis of this comparison. If we are going to consider Maltese as an Arabic dialect despite it being distinct from Standard Arabic, then we might as well consider all Romance languages to be dialects of a single language.

    3. Maltese is standardized. If Maltese wasn't standardized, then it wouldn't be considered it's own language but would be treated in the same box as Tunisian Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Sudanese Arabic, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tauromenion View Post
    Why is it considered a separate language, "Maltese" rather than just another dialect of Arabic, especially since it is also known as "Sicilian Arabic" or "Siculo-Arabic"? .
    Because it is spoken by White Christians, and not Brown Moslems.

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