Mazanderani

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A language of Iran

Alternate Names
Gilaki, Mazandarani, Sari, Tabri
Population

2,300,000 (2014 M. Izady), decreasing. Some monolinguals in rural areas.

Location

North near Caspian Sea, Mazandaran Province; some also in Semnan and Golestan provinces.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Mazanderani, Gorgani.

Language Use

Reportedly increased interest, but increasing desire for children to be educated and therefore be taught Iranian Persian [pes] as first language to better their opportunities. Home, market, work. Mixed attitudes. Also use Iranian Persian [pes].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Very low. Literacy rate in L2: Very high in Persian [pes]. The educated can read Farsi [pes] well. New media. Radio programs. Films. TV. Grammar.
Writing

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

Other Comments

Muslim.