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Barzani Jewish Neo-Aramaic

A language of Israel

ISO 639-3bjf

Population  20 (2004 H. Mutzafi).
Alternate names   Bijil Neo-Aramaic, Lishan Didan, Lishan Dideni
Dialects  Barzan, Shahe, Bijil. Sandu is a Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect closely related to Barzani, but several isoglosses link it with Lishana Deni [lsd].
Classification  Afro-Asiatic, Semitic, Central, Aramaic, Eastern, Central, Northeastern
Language use  Last Bijil dialect speaker died in 1998, age over 80. In 1951, it was spoken among the 8 Jewish families of Bijil, a village in Iraqi Kurdistan. (1998 H. Mutzafi). All older than 70 years. Some passive users in their 50s. Also use Hebrew [heb] or Kurdish, some also speak other Neo-Aramaic languages.
Comments  Originally spoken in 3 villages near Aqra, Iraq. Also in Nerim village perhaps as a separate dialect. Nearly extinct.
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