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1. Introduction

Kurdish is an Iranian language spoken in eastern Turkey, northern Syria, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran, in a contiguous area known by the Kurds as Kurdistan. It is also found in pockets in the Caucasus, and even in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, as well as in central Anatolia and in Lebanon. The number of Kurds is difficult to estimate; the following numbers are sometimes quoted: 12 to 20 milli…

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Michael Chyet, “Kurdish”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol2_0077>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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