Mazandarani

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A language of Iran

Alternate Names
Gilaki, Mazanderani, Sari, Tabri
Population

2,370,000 (2015 M. Izady), decreasing. Some monolinguals in rural areas.

Location

Mazandaran province; some in Golestan and Semnan provinces.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Mazanderani, Gorgani.

Language Use

Reportedly increased interest, but increasing desire for children to be educated and therefore be taught Iranian Persian [pes] as first language to better their opportunities. Home, market, work. Mixed attitudes, from neutral to positive. Also use Iranian Persian [pes].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Very low. Literacy rate in L2: Very high in Persian [pes]. The educated can read Farsi [pes] well. Literature. Radio. TV. Videos. Grammar.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Arabic script, Nastaliq variant [Aran].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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