Gilaki

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A language of Iran

Alternate Names
Gelaki, Gilani, Guilaki, Guilani
Population

2,770,000 (2014 M. Izady), decreasing. 2,000 Galeshi.

Location

Gilan Province, coastal plain, south of Talish and Caspian sea; Galeshi is a mountain dialect.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Galeshi, Rashti, Rudbari, Some’e Sarai, Lahijani, Langerudi, Rudsari, Bandar Anzali, Fumani. Reportedly similar to Mâzanderâni [mzn].

Language Use

Home, market, work. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Iranian Persian [pes].

Language Development
Magazines. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2012.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Arabic script, Nastaliq variant [Aran].

Other Comments

Heavy influence from Farsi. Muslim.

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