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Query:   Status of Assyrian Language
Author:  Ahmad R. Lotfi
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Historical Linguistics

Summary:   DEAR LINGUISTS,

IN MY POSTING TO LINGUIST (VOL-12-2314) CONCERNING STEINBERG'
CHAPTER IN O'GRADY ET AL (2001), I WROTE:
>
>(3) ON PAGE 376, STEINBERGS CONSIDERS ASSYRIAN TO BE AN EXTINCT
>LANGUAGE WITH NO NATIVE-SPEAKERS. AS FAR AS I KNOW, WE'VE GOT
>SOME NATIVE-SPEAKERS OF THIS LANGUAGE LIVING IN URMIA (NORTH-
>WEST OF IRAN). IRANIAN ASSYRIANS ARE A SMALL CHRISTTIAN
>COMMUNITY, AND THIS MUST HAVE HELPED THEM TO RETAIN THEIR
>NATIVE LANGUAGE.
>
LARRY TRASK AND PETER T. DANIELS REMIND ME THAT THE VARIETY
SPOKEN BY IRANIAN ASSYRIANS (LIKE THOSE FROM IRAQ AND SYRRIA)
MUST BE A VARIETY OF MODERN ARAMAIC WHICH THEY THEMSELVES CALL
ASSYRIAN, TOO. THE ASSYRIAN LANGUAGE ITSELF IS NOW EXTINCT.

BEST REGARDS,

AHMAD R. LOTFI

LL Issue: 12.2363
Date Posted: 24-Sep-2001
Original Query: Read original query