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Documentation of the Jadgali language

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A picture of Bahukalt village. Photo by Maryam Nourzaei, 2017. Click on image to access collection.

Language Jadgali
Depositor Maryam Nourzaei
Affiliation Uppsala university
Location Iran
Collection ID 0730
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Collection Status Collection online
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Summary of the collection

The collection is an outcome of an ongoing project documenting the Jadgali language spoken in Sistan and Balochistan, Hormozgan and Kerman Provinces in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The project is a collaborative effort between myself and a group of Jadgali community members who are involved in designing the collection content as well as collecting and recording data. The deposited data consists of various folk tales, biographical tales and procedural texts. The data has been recorded in video and audio-only formats.


Group represented

The group presented here is the Jadgal people. Similar to other groups in this region, such as the Afro-Baloch, they are not aware of their origin. They consider themselves to be separate from the Baloch and call themselves Jadgal. Likewise, Baloch people also consider them to be a separate ethnic group. Jadgal people are classified by tribal affiliation. Jadgali speakers are multilingual, typically speaking several or all of Persian, Balochi, Jadgali, Urdu and Sindhi. Only their language distinguishes them from others in the region. They share the same traditions and customs with the Baloch people.
I wish to thank all the Jadgal people for accepting and hosting me, in particular the Jadgal families in Chabahar, Radu and Polan.


Collection contents

In the current version of the collection, the corpus consists of approximately one hour of recorded, naturally spoken:
Biographical tales;
Procedural texts;
and questionnaire data.


Acknowledgement and citation

Users of any part of this collection should acknowledge Maryam Nourzaei as the main investigator and collector, and Jakub Jadgal as a core member of the research team. The main participants who have shared their narrations should also be acknowledged by name. The relevant information is available in the metadata.

To refer to any data from the collection, please cite as follows:

Nourzaei, Maryam. 2023. Documentation of Jadgali language. Endangered Languages Archive. Handle: Accessed on [insert date here].

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