Luri, Southern


A language of Iran

Alternate Names
Lor, Lori, Lori-ye Jonubi, Lur, Ruliy Luri

1,080,000 (2014 J. Leclerc), increasing. 300,000 monolinguals.


Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province; Fars province: northwest; Khuzestan province: east; some in Bushehr province. Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province, Dehdasht (Kohgiluyeh dialect), Yasuji (Boyerahmadi dialect); Fars province, Nurabad (Mamasani dialect), Shul and Shiraz (Shuli dialect).

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Boyerahmadi, Yasuji (Yasichi), Kohgiluyeh, Mamasani, Shuli. Southern Luri is on a continuum between Bakhtiari [bqi] and Iranian Persian [pes] dialects such as Bushehri and Southwestern Fars [fay]. A non-Lur tribe in Fars Province called Kurdshuli reportedly speaks a Southern Luri dialect. Their winter quarters are at Qasr-e Dasht near Sivand, 70 km from Sharaz on Shiraz-Esfahan road. Reportedly similar to Kumzari [zum]. Lexical similarity: 75% with Iranian Persian [pes], 80% with Bushehri dialect of Iranian Persian; Mamasani dialect 75% with Bakhtiâri [bqi], Boyerahmadi dialect 86% with Bakhtiâri.



Language Use

Vigorous. Home, commerce, some media. Used by all. Most also use Iranian Persian [pes]. Used as L2 by Iranian Persian [pes], Kashkay [qxq].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Literature. Radio. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts.


Arabic script, Nastaliq variant [Aran].

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