Lishanid Noshan - Origins

Origins

Various Neo-Aramaic dialects were spoken across a wide area from Lake Urmia to Lake Van (in Turkey), down to the plain of Mosul (in Iraq) and back across to Sanandaj (in Iran again). Lishanid Noshan is quite central to this area (although normally termed a southwestern dialect). It is somewhat intelligible with the Jewish Neo-Aramaic languages of Hulaula (spoken to the east, in Iranian Kurdistan) and Lishan Didan (spoken to the north east, in Iranian Azerbaijan). However, it is quite unintelligible from Lishana Deni, the dialect that originally came from northwestern Iraqi Kurdistan. It is also unitelligble from the Christian dialects of Chaldean Neo-Aramaic and Assyrian Neo-Aramaic spoken in the region. It is only since the 1980s that studies have shown the distinctiveness that separates Lishanid Noshan from Hulaula; before this time they were simply considered to be dialect clusters of the same essential language.

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