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  Maltese language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maltese is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family.
It is the national language of Malta, and an official language of the European Union.
Maltese vocabulary is a hybrid based on a foundation of Arabic Semitic roots with a heavy borrowing of Sicilian (rather than Tuscan Italian) loanwords.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Maltese_language   (1073 words)

 Maltese language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Maltese is the national language of Malta, and an official language of the European Union.
Maltese is the only Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet.
Maltese vocabulary is a hybrid of Arabic Semitic roots and Sicilian Italian (rather than Tuscan Italian) words.
www.collegestation.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Maltese_language   (887 words)

 Arabic language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Arabic language (Arabic: اللغة العربية‎ ​ transliterated: al-lughah al-‘Arabīyyah), or simply Arabic (Arabic: عربي‎ ​ transliterated: ‘Arabī), is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic.
Arabic has been a literary language since at least the 6th century and is the liturgical language of Islam.
Maltese, which is spoken on the Mediterranean island of Malta, is the only surviving language to be derived primarily from Arabic, though it contains a large number of Italian and English borrowings.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Arabic_language   (2692 words)

 Maltese   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English.
Maltese (Malti) is a unique language with many words borrowed from the languages of the various countries that once occupied Malta.
The Maltese language is the only Semitic tongue officially written in the Latin alphabet.
www.flw.com /languages/maltese.htm   (88 words)

 Maltese language, alphabet and pronunciation
Maltese is a Semitic language spoken by about 350,000 people on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo.
Today Maltese is used in most sectors of public life, including parliament, the church, the press and other media, and in general conversation.
The first Maltese language was a catechism by F. Wizzino, and was published in 1752.
www.omniglot.com /writing/maltese.htm   (343 words)

The Maltese language has been demoted to a “third language” in the Brussels school where children of employees in the European Union’s institutions attend, despite its status as an official EU language.
Maltese is expected to be offered as a “protected” language along with Gaelic and Flemish, after parents proposed that their children should not be taught Maltese at the expense of French.
The Maltese language’s official status has already been dealt a blow when on its first day as an EU member state, a three-year moratorium on the translation of EU documents in Maltese was issued, meaning that before May 2007, not all acts, including judgements of the European Court of Justice will be translated to Maltese.
www.maltatoday.com.mt /2006/03/12/t10.html   (518 words)

 Language Analysis of Bilingual Maltese-English Stuttering Children - Thesis Abstract | Dissertation Thesis
This study is a comparison of language skills in four bilingual Maltese stuttering children (3 boys and 1 girl) mean age 6:10 (years:months)and four bilingual Maltese nonstuttering children (3 boys and 1 girl) mean age 6:10 (years: months).
The stuttering bilingual children used a larger number of mixed utterances in the Maltese language and irregular syntax in the English language then the nonstuttering bilingual children.
It was found that a higher frequency of stuttering types preceded mixed utterances in the Maltese language and irregular syntax in the English language.
www.thesisabstracts.com /articles/publish/printer_25.shtml   (433 words)

 The Maltese Language
These, in turn, are said to have evolved from the earlier Semitic language of the Assyrians and the Babylonians, whose empire stretched westwards from the Middle East till as far as the shores of Palestine in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Naturally, the languages (and customs) of such ruling nations would leave their footprints on the native tongue and lifestyle of our Islands; adding colour to, yet strangling the life out of extant forms of speech and local traditions.
The ceding of the Maltese Islands by Charles V (in the year 1530) to the Order of the Knights of Saint John (made up of 8 Langues) further increased the cultural and linguistic influences on the Maltese population.
www.my-malta.com /interesting/MalteseLanguage.html   (2217 words)

 Reflections from Canada: Me, a languages freak? perhaps
The Semitic element of the language certainly derives from the language introduced into Sicily by North Africans, most of whom were recent converts to Islam, and Arabic was not their mother tongue.
The Maltese language was introduced by non native speakers to the inhabitants of Malta who themselves spoke a different language.
The reason many Maltese consider it their mother tongue is the fact that they don't understand Maltese history or do not know that Malta had a tiny population during the Muslim times and the introduced language completely swamped the local tongues.
bahrein.blogspot.com /2004/06/me-languages-freak-perhaps.html   (2218 words)

 ipedia.com: Maltese language Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
There are a significant number of Maltese expatriates in Australia who still use the language.
Nouns are pluralized and also have a dual marker (unique among modern European languages, with the exception of Slovene and Sorbian).
Below is the Maltese alphabet, with the SAMPA equivalents and approximate English pronunciation:
www.ipedia.com /maltese_language.html   (774 words)

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According to a 2001 study, Maltese is the language of choice in general conversation for 98.6 per cent of the island's 394,000 people.
The scholar is widely viewed as the father of Maltese for his pioneering work on the language's structure, grammar and alphabet.
So underdeveloped was the state of Maltese printing in his era that he was at first unable to publish his dictionary and grammar because the necessary typeface with Maltese characters was not available.
www.asu.edu /educ/epsl/LPRU/newsarchive/Art3284.txt   (792 words)

 Saudi Aramco World : Europe’s New Arabic Connection   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Modern Maltese (or Malti, as the Maltese people themselves call their language) is described by some linguists as a “mixed language” of Semitic, Romance and English elements, while others simply call it an Arabic dialect.
Maltese nationalists a hundred years ago portrayed Malti as related to ancient Punic; purists today fault the younger generation for adopting undigested loan words from English and Italian.
Of the four Maltese nationals in Zammit’s first-year Arabic class, two are classics majors with an interest in medieval history, one works for a shipping company with offices in Libya, and one is studying out of general interest.
saudiaramcoworld.com /issue/200406/europe.s.new.arabic.connection.htm   (2901 words)

 Tom Edgar's Maltese Language Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The author, Dr. Lydia Sciriha, graduated in languages from the University of Malta and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Victoria.
Just as the child first comprehends his native language, the primary goal of this course is for the learners to first comprehend Maltese, and by doing so gain enough confidence to eventually speak the language.
Beginning Maltese was written by Lydia Sciriha who graduated in languages from the University of Malta and obtained her MA and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Victoria, Canada.
ic.net /~edgart/maltlang.html   (758 words)

 Losing out on the Maltese language in Europe?
For all those of us who fought really hard during accession negotiations to ensure that the Maltese language would be an official lannguage of the EU, the end result was a real explosion of joy.
In fact, for the forthcoming intensive summer language courses being organized by the EU institutions for its employees, all official languages of the EU are being advertised.
However, the teaching of the Maltese language to EU employees is at risk since this depends on finding a teacher.
www.di-ve.com /dive/portal/portal.jhtml?id=125100&pid=1   (545 words)

 Maltese Language/Locale Support | Malta Linux User Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the near future, Maltese language support files will be included as a standard part of most Linux distributions, so the instructions given below will no longer be necessary.
Unicode is gaining acceptance throughout the world, since its use permits software to easily be translated to different languages, as well as users to use different languages for the data that the software uses.
Below is a table containing some of the 'special' characters used in the Maltese language, together with their value in the ISO-Latin-3 character set (out of 256), and in the Unicode character set (out of 65,536).
linux.org.mt /article/locale   (1406 words)

 Language Study in Malta: Language Schools, Maltese International Language Study Programs from GoAbroad.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Maltese Islands are situated in the Mediterranean Sea, about 100 km from Sicily and 290 km from North Africa and consist of Malt...
For a country this small, the Maltese islands are richly endowed with...
Global Village Malta is a privately owned Limited Liability Company and is fully licensed as a School for the teaching of English as a foreign language by the Maltese Ministry of Education in terms of Article Six of ACT XXIV of 1988.
www.languageschoolsguide.com /Malta.cfm   (636 words)

 Maltese Spellchecker for Linux | Malta Linux User Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Kaufman is compiling a Maltese-German dictionary and was happy to export the list of Maltese words from his dictionary for us.
Apart from Maltese words, the word list contains several personal names, place names etc. which are commonly found in Maltese text even though they are in different languages.
It is possible to create a combined English and Maltese spell checker using the aspell interface.
linux.org.mt /projects/spellcheck   (663 words)

 maltese language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Fundamentally, the Maltese language is a Semitic language, the same as Arabic, Hebrew, Phoenician and...
Maltese is the language spoken by the good people of the nation of Malta.
Sapienzas.com is an Internet bookshop specialising in: Malta and Maltese history and language, plus a wide range of other subjects...
learning-gd.com /articles/207/maltese-language.html   (181 words)

 LANGUAGE & LITERATURE [aboutmalta.com]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The English language is a leftover of about 160 years of British colonisation of Malta.
Maltese, whose closest languages are Maghrebi Arabic, Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian, is the only Semitic language which is written in Roman alphabet.
If you don't speak Maltese and are willing to spend sometime with our Survival Maltese you'll find that the Maltese language is interesting enough to make a little effort very worthwhile.
www.aboutmalta.com /language   (125 words)

 Amazon.com: Maltese (Descriptive Grammars): Books: ALBERT BORG   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Maltese, the national language of the Island of Malta, remains the only Semitic language of Europe, and is spoken by almost 400,000 people.
Focusing primarily on Standard Maltese, the authors clarify many areas which, until now, remain undefined, with emphasis on syntax and intonation.
English loanwords continue to find their way into Standard Maltese, especially as the Maltese inhabitants become increasingly bilingual, and the variations are studied, as well as their morphological behavior.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0415022436?v=glance   (419 words)

 BUILDING VIRTUAL BRIDGES - Malta and Australia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Our website will introduce you to the unique spirit of the Maltese language and culture — the sense of vitality and dedication to excellence, the joy of learning, and the values and traditions that are the hallmark of a Maltese heritage education.
Despite nearly seventy years absence from Malta, Josephine Cauchi still makes Maltese lace in the traditional way, with the "trajbu" she brought out to Australia on the Orient liner Orsova, and still speaks the Maltese language.
As a consequence of increased population, unemployment and political unrest, the Maltese islands experienced the exodus of thousands of families and individuals.
www.geocities.com /frans311   (3006 words)

 The Maltese language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The language goes back since the beginning of the Maltese history, including the Punic Times.
Until the end of the rule of the Arabs the language was purely Semitic.
Today the Maltese language has a Semitic structure with Romantic influences.
www.members.tripod.com /~renzoc/pg4.htm   (308 words)

 About Malta - The Maltese Language
A country's language is symbolic of it's people and their history.
The Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans all contributed to the development of Maltese which is why it is a language all of its own.
However it was the invasion of the Arabs that had the most profound effect, hence it is a Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet with a twist of Italian and French and a few English words thrown in.
www.choosemalta.com /en/about-malta/maltese-language.php   (196 words)

 The language of Maltese on the Internet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The official languages of the Maltese Islands are English and Maltese.
The cultural identity of the Maltese people could rely on the maintainance of the Maltese language.
In reality though, the English language dominates the majority of the sites and could be an aid in the extinction of the Maltese language--forever.
www.uiowa.edu /intlinet/projects/teige/project/language.htm   (254 words)

 Maltese Desk Top Publishing, Maltese Dictionary, Maltese ESL-English as Second Language, Maltese Fonts, Maltese Kids, ...
Maltese is spoken on the island of Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Maltese Archipelago consists of the islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino and two other uninhabited islands, Cominotto and Filfia.
The Maltese speak a very ancient language which is of great interest to linguists.
www.worldlanguage.com /Languages/Maltese.htm?CalledFrom=210325   (196 words)

 The Phoenician Language Site
The "neutral" people of Malta have always found ways to dodge political alliances, and invaders, and hid their cultures (and language idioms) even from people who shared their Islands with them like the Knights Hospitaliers.
We will explore the Maltese language and how it relates to / differs from the spoken Lebanese language, and try to explore the common Phoenician in both.
In addition, we will see that Lebanese was Phoenician mixed with classical Arabic (and possibly other languages), and Maltese was Phoenician mixed with old Sicilian, not Italian, but Sicilian, and not even today's Sicilian, but old Sicilian.
malta.lebaneseclub.org   (481 words)

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