Lishana Deni

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A language of Israel

Alternate Names
Kurdit, Lishan Hozaye, Lishan Hudaye
Population

7,500 (1999 H. Mutzafi). Ethnic population: 9,060.

Location

Mainly in Jerusalem district: Jerusalem city area, including Maoz Tsiyon.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Zakho, Amadiya, Barashe, Shukho, Nerwa, Dohuk, Atrush, Bétanure, Gzira (Cizre), Challa (Çukurca), Dohok. Resembles Chaldean Neo-Aramaic [cld], but with differences in morphology and other features. Inherent intelligibility is high between them. Low intelligibility with Ashirat dialects of Assyrian New-Aramaic [aii]; not intelligible with other Neo-Aramaic varieties. Gzira, Challa, and Shukho dialects are extinct; Nerwa extinct since 2012 (2017 H. Mutzafi).

Language Use

Older adults.

Writing

Hebrew script [Hebr].

Other Comments

Jewish.

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