Domari

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A language of Iran

Alternate Names
Gypsy, Luti, Mehtar, Middle Eastern Romani, Tsigene
Population

1,340,000 in Iran (2000). Population total all countries: 3,952,810.

Location

Kurbat and Luti in west; Mehtar and Ghorbat in Fars and Kohgiluyeh va Boyerahmad Province; Karachi in north. Also in Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, Palestine, Russian Federation, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, Uzbekistan.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Karachi, Koli, Kurbati (Ghorbati), Luli, Maznoug, Nawar, Qinati, Yürük. Dialects in Iran may be highly divergent from one another. Not intelligible to Romani speakers.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home and in communication with other gypsies. All ages. Also use Iranian Persian [pes], Northern Luri [lrc], Bakhtiâri [bqi], Southern Luri [luz], or Qashqai [qxq].

Language Development
Grammar.
Writing
Unwritten.
Other Comments

Influenced by Arabic, as well as languages of host ethnic groups with which any Domari group is associated. Muslim.

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