Inter-Zab Jewish Neo-Aramaic

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A language of Israel

Alternate Names
Hulani, Jbeli, Kurdit, Lishana Didán, Lishanid Noshan
Population

2,200 (1994 H. Mutzafi).

Location

Widespread.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Arbel (Arbil), Dobe, Koy Sanjaq, Rwanduz, Rustaqa, Shaqlawa, Ranye, Qaladze. 60%–70% inherent intelligibility with Lishanan [lsd] and Hulaulá [huy]. Very different and not inherently intelligible with Christian Aramaic languages and Lishana Deni. Western cluster dialects are Arbel, Dobe, and Shaqlawa. Eastern cluster dialects are Southeastern varieties: Koy Sanjaq, Qaladze, and Ranye. Northern cluster dialects are Rwanduz and Rustaqa (2017 H. Mutzafi).

Language Use

Older adults.

Language Development
Grammar.
Writing

Hebrew script [Hebr].

Other Comments

Originally spoken in the area of Arbil, Iraq, between the Great Zab and Little Zab rivers (2017 H. Mutzafi). Jewish.

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