Spoken L1 Language: Libyan Arabic
- AES status:
- not endangered
David M. Eberhard and Gary F. Simons and Charles D. Fennig 2023
- Arabic, Libyan Spoken (ayl-ayl) = 3 (Wider communication). De facto national working language. Shaped by the Sulaimi migration and the migration of Arabs to the Maghreb in 1492 following the Reconquista; spoken throughout northeastern Africa. Used as a lingua franca by Libyans whose L1 is not Arabic. Used in spoken communication in Libya, folk poetry, entertainment, and written communication online.