Kurdish, Southern

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A language of Iran

Population

3,000,000 in Iran (Fattah 2000).

Location

West, mainly Kermanshah and Ilam provinces; to east, Hamadan, Lorestan, Kordestan, and Khuzestan provinces; southeast, small area in Sistan va Baluchestan Province.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bayray, Feyli, Garrusi (Bijari), Kalhori, Kermanshahi (Kermanshani), Kolyai, Kordali, Luri, Malekshahi (Maleksh ay), Sanjabi. A member of macrolanguage Kurdish [kur].

Language Use

Home. Also use Persian [pes]. Also use Northern Luri [lrc]. Used as L2 by Gurani [hac].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1894–1900.
Writing

Arabic script [Arab].

Other Comments

Muslim (Shi’a).

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