Jewish Neo-Aramaic
(3,493 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 an…

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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 17 August 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_000701>
First published online: 2014



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