Lishana Deni

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A language of Israel

Alternate Names
Judeo-Aramaic, Kurdit, Lishan Hozaye, Lishan Hudaye
Population

7,500 (1999 H. Mutzafi). Ethnic population: 9,060.

Location

Jerusalem and vicinity, including Maoz Tsiyon.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Amadiya, Atrush, Barashe, Bétanure, Dohuk, Nerwa, Shukho, Zakho. Resembles Chaldean Neo-Aramaic [cld], but with differences in morphology and other features. Inherent intelligibility is high between them. Low intelligibility with Ashirat dialects of Assyrian New-Aramaic [aii]; not intelligible with other Neo-Aramaic varieties.

Language Use

The Shukho dialect probably has no remaining speakers. Older adults.

Language Development
Bible portions.
Writing

Hebrew script [Hebr].

Other Comments

Jewish.