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Jewish Neo-Aramaic
(3,430 words)

The Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialects, originally spoken in Kurdistan and Iranian Azerbaijan and now mostly in Israel, are all on the verge of extinction. Three major dialect groups of Jewish Neo-Aramaic, and a further threefold subdivision of one of these groups, can readily be discerned on the basis of the distinct innovations that have shaped the linguistic profile of each of these dialectal divisions.

 1. Historical and socio…

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Hezy Mutzafi, “Jewish Neo-Aramaic”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000701>
First published online: 2014

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