Sociolinguistics in the Iranian world

Authored by: William O. Beeman

The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415422789
eBook ISBN: 9780203869659
Adobe ISBN: 9781135261054


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The Iranian language sphere consists of three currently recognized “core” varieties, and a number of peripheral varieties that diverge significantly enough to be thought of as separate “languages.” The core varieties are Standard Modern Persian,1 Dari and Tajik. Other Iranian languages are Kurdish, of which there are several varieties; Baluchi; Modern Sogdian, known today as Yaghnobi; and a variety of so-called Eastern Iranian languages, including Nuristani, Pashto, Pasha’i. Included as well are the languages of the Pamir mountains: Shugni (Shugnani), Yazgulami, Ishkashimi and Wahkhi.

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