Dehi of Aran and Bidgol: A Central Iranian Language

The Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) provides grants worldwide to for the linguistic documentation of endangered language and knowledge. Grantees create multimedia collection of endangered languages. These collections are preserved and made freely available through the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) housed at the library of SOAS University of London.

Dehi, which is also known as "Dī" or "Zebu Mahalli" (local Language) among people, belongs to the central group of Western Iranian Languages and is spoken in some quarters of Ārān and Bidgol in the north of Kashan in Isfahan province in Iran. Dehi is a severely endangered language from which the two dialects of Ārāni and Bidgoli are recognized both of which are almost identical.The number of speakers of the Dehi is not exactly clear, since its speakers only reside in three quarters, so the number of speakers is computed less than 1000 in the Bidgol and that's nearly 2000 people in the Ārān. Primary investigator: Alireza Hamidi Madani

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Location: Iran, Southern Asia, Asia Organiser(s): Endangered Languages Documentation Programme Project partner(s): Caucasian Centre for Iranian Studies Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: £7,690.00 Commencement Date: 01/2015 Project Status: Active
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