Documentation of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye
|Affiliation||Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge|
|Collection Status||Collection online|
ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye
Scientific ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye
speakers of North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye
Gargarnaye, is one of the North Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialects (generally known as the NENA dialects), a very diverse group of Aramaic dialects that were spoken until modern times in Northern Iraq, North West Iran and South Eastern Turkey by Christian and Jewish communities. These are among the last remaining living vestiges of the Aramaic language, which was one of the major languages of the region in antiquity. Over the last few decades most of the speakers of these dialects have been forced to leave their places of residence and have settled in numerous émigré communities throughout the world. The younger generations of these communities are increasingly losing competence in these dialects and as a result most of the dialects are now in danger of extinction. It is an urgent task for Semitic philology to study and document the dialects while competent speakers can still be located.
For more information about the NENA dialects, see also the The North Eastern Neo-Aramaic Database Project, Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.
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Acknowledgement and citation
To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:
Napiorkowska, Lidia. 2014. Documentation of the North-Eastern Neo-Aramaic dialect cluster of Gargarnaye. London: SOAS University of London, Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/2196/00-0000-0000-0002-EB3A-3. Accessed on [insert date here].