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Lekî[citation needed]
Spoken in Iran, Iraq
Region Central Zagros
Total speakers ca. 1,500,000
Language family Indo-European
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 lki

Laki (لەکی (Lekî)) is a Northwestern Iranian language. Although it is usually grouped with Southern Kurdish dialects[3][4][5], Ethnologue classifies it as a fourth subgroup of Kurdish.[1] Ethnologue has cited its lexical similarity with Luristani as 78%, as 70% with Western Persian, and as 69% with Northern Luri.[6] It is spoken in the central Zagros region of Iran (provinces of Lorestan, Ilam, Kermanshah, Hamedan, Qazvin, Khuzestan) and in small parts of Iraq[citation needed] by the Lak people. Most Laks live in Alashtar, Koohdasht, Nurabad, and Khorramabad.


  1. ^ a b Language family of Laki on Ethnologue
  2. ^ Kurdish language - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  3. ^ Rüdiger Schmitt: Die iranischen Sprachen in Gegenwart und Geschichte. Wiesbaden (Reichert) 2000.
  4. ^ Rüdiger Schmitt (Hg.): Compendium Linguarum Iranicarum. Wiesbaden (Reichert) 1989.
  5. ^ V. Minorsky, “Lak”, Encyclopaedia of Islam.
  6. ^ Ethnologue report for Laki


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