A language of Iran

Alternate Names
Lori, Lori-ye Khaveri

1,000,000 (2001). 350,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,000,000 (2001).


Southwest, east Khuzestan, west Chahar Mahall va Bakhtiari, east Lorestan, Kohgiluyeh va Buyer Ahmad, west Esfahan, and Markazi provinces; Masjed-e Soleiman, Shahr-e Kord, Dorud.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Aligudarz, Charlang (Chaharlang), Chelgerd, Haflang (Haftlang), Haftgel, Ize, Kohrang (Kuhrang), Masjed-e Soleiman, Shahr-e Kord. Bakhtiâri is on a continuum of related varieties between Northern Luri [lrc] and Southern Luri [luz]. Farsi dialects in Chaharmahâl va Bakhtiâri Province are mutually intelligible with Bakhtiâri. Lexical similarity: 75% with Southern Luri (Mamasani) [lrc], 86% with Southern Luri (Boyerahmadi) [luz], 73% with Northern Luri (rural), 78% with Northern Luri (Khorramabadi), 76% with Iranian Persian [pes].

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, commerce. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use English [eng], Iranian Persian [pes]. Women and older people have lower levels of bilingualism. Used as L2 by Dezfuli [def], Domari [rmt].

Language Development
Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar.

Arabic script [Arab].

Other Comments

Little contact with Southern Luri [luz], some contact with Northern Luri [lrc]. Muslim (Shi’a).