Barzani Jewish Neo-Aramaic and its Dialects

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Barzani Jewish Neo-Aramaic is described as a variety of Northeastern Neo-Aramaic, with the largest concentration of speakers in the village of Barzan in northeastern Iraqi Kurdistan. The most salient peculiarities of Barzani Neo-Aramaic are listed. The several villages in which the dialect survives as the speech of a small number of families are identified. It is acknowledged, however, that Barzani today is one of the rarest Neo-Aramaic varieties & threatened with imminent extinction. A detailed description of Barzani Neo-Aramaic phonology & morphology is presented. 17 References. Z. Dubiel
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-70
Number of pages30
JournalMediterranean Language Review
StatePublished - 2002


  • Copulas
  • Consonants
  • Ales
  • Nouns
  • Articles
  • Dialects
  • Vowels
  • Syllables
  • Lexical stress
  • Loan words
  • Verbs
  • Barzani Jewish Aramaic dialect
  • Northeastern Neo-Aramaic language
  • dialectology
  • Jews -- Iraq -- Aqrah
  • Jews -- Iraq -- Languages
  • Syriac language, Modern
  • Jews -- Kurdistan -- Languages
  • Jews -- Iraq -- Barzan


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