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Koy Sanjaq Surat
ܣܘܪܬ Sûrat
Spoken in Iraq
Region Koy Sanjaq and Armota in Arbil
Total speakers 800 to 1,000
Language family Afro-Asiatic
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 kqd

Koy Sanjaq Surat is a modern Eastern Aramaic or Syriac language. Speakers of the language call it simply Surat, or 'Syriac'. It is spoken in the town of Koy Sanjaq and its nearby village of Armota in the province of Arbil as well as in Ankawa. The speakers of Koy Sanjaq Surat are traditionally Chaldean Catholics.

Koy Sanjaq Surat seems to be related to Senaya, which is spoken by Chaldean Christians who originally lived east of Koy Sanjaq, in the city of Sanandaj in Iran. Not enough is known about the language to make any definite comment, but it seems that Koy Sanjaq Surat may have developed as the language of Chaldean settlers from Sanandaj. The dialect also has much more Kurdish influence then other dialects of Syriac. It does not appear to be intelligible with Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, which is spoken by correligionists further north, or with the Jewish Neo-Aramaic language of Lishanid Noshan which was traditionally spoken by the Jews of Koy Sanjaq.

The Madnhâyâ version of the Syriac alphabet is used in writing, but most written material is in the Syriac language used in worship.

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