Afshar language

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Native to Turkey, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan
Ethnicity Avshar Turkmen
Native speakers
about 600,000  (date missing)[citation needed]
Perso-Arabic script, Latin script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 (included in azb)
Glottolog afsh1238[1]
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Afshar or Afshari, is a Turkic language spoken in Turkey, Iran, Syria, and parts of Afghanistan by the Afshar tribe. Ethnologue lists it as a dialect of South Azerbaijani language.

Afshar is distinguished by a large number of loanwords from Persian and a rounding of the phoneme /a/ to [ɒ], as occurred in Uzbek. In many cases, vowels that are rounded in Azerbaijani are not rounded in Afshar. An example of this is /jiz/ (meaning 100), which is /jyz/ in standard Azerbaijani.


  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Afshar". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

Doerfer, Gerhard and Hesche, Wolfram (1989). Südoghusische Materialen aus Afghanistan und Iran. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. ISBN 3-447-02786-X. 

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