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Aimaq
Spoken in Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan
Region Central Asia
Total speakers 1,620,000[1]
Language family Indo-European
  • Aimaq
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 aiq

Aimaq is a dialect of the Persian language subgroup spoken west of the Hazarajat, in central northwest Afghanistan, eastern Iran, and Tajikistan. It is the dominant dialect of Persian spoken by the Aymāq people. It is very close to Khorasan Farsi and Dari.[2] The Aimaq people are thought to have a 5-15% literacy rate.[3]

Subdialects of Aimaq include:

  • Chinghizi
  • Firozkohi
  • Jamshidi (also known as: Jamshedi, Djamchidi, Yemchidi, or Dzhemshid)
  • Maliki
  • Mizmast
  • Taimani
  • Taimuri (also known as: Teimuri, Timuri, or Taimouri)
  • Zainal
  • Zohri (also known as: Zuri)

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Aimaq". JoshuaProject. 11 August 2009. http://www.joshuaproject.net/people-clusters.php?rop2=C0007. Retrieved 14 August 2009.  
  2. ^ "Aimaq". World Culture Encyclopedia. everyculture.com. http://www.everyculture.com/Africa-Middle-East/Aimaq.html. Retrieved 14 August 2009.  
  3. ^ "Aimaq". Ethnologue. 2009. http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=aiq. Retrieved 14 August 2009.  

Notations

  • Clifton, John M. (ed.) (2005) Studies in languages of Tajikistan North Eurasia Group, SIL International, St Petersburg, Russia, OCLC 122939499

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