Barzani-Sandu Jewish Neo-Aramaic

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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

Elderly only. Also use Kurdish [kur]. Also use Hebrew [heb]. Some also speak other Neo-Aramaic languages.

Language Development
Texts.
Other Comments

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

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