Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice

By Ingrid Piller

Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice "prompts thinking about linguistic disadvantage as a form of structural disadvantage that needs to be recognized and taken seriously."


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Language Evolution: The Windows Approach

By Rudolf Botha

Language Evolution: The Windows Approach addresses the question: "How can we unravel the evolution of language, given that there is no direct evidence about it?"


The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2016 Fund Drive.

Summary Details


Query:   Status of Assyrian Language
Author:  Ahmad R. Lotfi
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Historical Linguistics

Summary:   DEAR LINGUISTS,

IN MY POSTING TO LINGUIST (VOL-12-2314) CONCERNING STEINBERG'
CHAPTER IN O'GRADY ET AL (2001), I WROTE:
>
>(3) ON PAGE 376, STEINBERGS CONSIDERS ASSYRIAN TO BE AN EXTINCT
>LANGUAGE WITH NO NATIVE-SPEAKERS. AS FAR AS I KNOW, WE'VE GOT
>SOME NATIVE-SPEAKERS OF THIS LANGUAGE LIVING IN URMIA (NORTH-
>WEST OF IRAN). IRANIAN ASSYRIANS ARE A SMALL CHRISTTIAN
>COMMUNITY, AND THIS MUST HAVE HELPED THEM TO RETAIN THEIR
>NATIVE LANGUAGE.
>
LARRY TRASK AND PETER T. DANIELS REMIND ME THAT THE VARIETY
SPOKEN BY IRANIAN ASSYRIANS (LIKE THOSE FROM IRAQ AND SYRRIA)
MUST BE A VARIETY OF MODERN ARAMAIC WHICH THEY THEMSELVES CALL
ASSYRIAN, TOO. THE ASSYRIAN LANGUAGE ITSELF IS NOW EXTINCT.

BEST REGARDS,

AHMAD R. LOTFI

LL Issue: 12.2363
Date Posted: 24-Sep-2001
Original Query: Read original query