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North Levantine Arabic is spoken by over 14 million people (). While it is related to Modern Standard Arabic (the language of ar.wikipedia.org and ar.wiktionary.org), there is significant variance and the two languages are not mutually intelligible. The w:Defense Language Institute has a course developed especially and separately for this dialect (
() and some 200 free lessons () which are in the public domain and can help with standardization and serve as an initial corpus. There are not many books or other "official" literature published in the language, however, it would be easy enough to agree on spelling conventions for the purposes of Wiktionary based on the way the language is written online in places such as forums, Facebook, Twitter, Google Answers, etc.
I anticipate the argument that this is not a "real" language, but I do not believe it is valid. There are many television shows in the dialects of Beirut, Damascus, and Amman, and using a regular Arabic dictionary will not help the user understand them. Wiktionary has the opportunity to fill that gap.
One thing we will need to agree on is if it is better to use the widespread Roman alphabet/number combination (e.g., 3arabi chami, see  and  for possibilities), or the arabicized approach taken by DLI. The disadvantage of the former is that it seems amateurish. The disadvantage of the second is that it leaves short vowels or sukuuns to the imagination, unless of course, we use diacritics.
I don't know why wikimedia is against our wishes to make a Levantine Projects.
The Levantine has become different from Arabic like Italian from Latin. More than 20 million people around the world speak it.
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