Maltese language

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Maltese (Maltese: Malti) is the national language of Malta, and a co-official language of the country alongside English,[2] while also serving as an official language of the European Union, the only Semitic language so distinguished. Maltese is descended from Siculo-Arabic (the Arabic dialect that developed in Malta, Sicily and the rest of Southern Italy between the ninth and the fourteenth centuries).[3][4] About half of the vocabulary is borrowed from Italian and Sicilian,[3] and English words make up as much as 20% of the Maltese vocabulary.[5] It is the only Semitic language written in the Latin alphabet in its standard form.

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