Barzani-Sandu Jewish Neo-Aramaic

Print

A language of Israel

Alternate Names
Barzani Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Central Jewish Neo-Aramaic, Lishan Didan, Lishan Dideni
Population

6 (2017 H. Mutzafi).

Location

Jerusalem.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).

Dialects

Barzani dialect cluster (Barzan, Bijil, Shahe), Sandu. Sandu is a Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialect closely related to Barzani, but several isoglosses link it with Lishana Deni [lsd]. Bijil went extinct in 1998, Shahe in 2000, and Sandu in 2008 (2017 H. Mutzafi).

Language Use

All older than 80 years. Some passive users in their 60s. Also use Kurdish [kur]. Also use Hebrew [heb]. Some also speak other Neo-Aramaic languages.

Other Comments

Originally spoken in 4 villages near Aqra, Iraq. Also in Nerim village perhaps as a separate dialect (2017 H. Mutzafi).

Page Views Left: