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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 Christian
>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


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