|çuhuri / жугьури / ז'אוּהאוּראִ|
|Native to||Azerbaijan (Baku, Quba, Qırmızı Qəsəbə, Oğuz)
Russia (Derbent, Makhachkala, Nalchik)
Spoken by immigrant communities in Israel, United States (New York)
|Native speakers||(no estimate available)|
|Writing system||Latin, Cyrillic, Hebrew|
|Official language in||no official status|
Juhuri, Juwuri or Judæo-Tat (çuhuri / жугьури / ז'אוּהאוּראִ) is the traditional language of the Mountain Jews of the eastern Caucasus Mountains, especially Azerbaijan and Dagestan, now mainly spoken in Israel.
The language is a form of Persian; it belongs to the southwestern group of the Iranian division of the Indo-European languages. The Tat language, a similar, but still different language is spoken by the Muslim Tats of Azerbaijan, a group to which the Mountain Jews were mistakenly considered to belong during the era of Soviet historiography. The words Juhuri and Juhuro literally translate as "Jewish" and "Jews."
The language is presently spoken by an estimated 106,000 people:
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In the early 20th century Juhuri used the Hebrew script. In the 1920s the Latin script was adapted for it; later it was written in Cyrillic. Recently, the use of the Hebrew alphabet has enjoyed renewed popularity.
Influences and etymology
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Judæo-Tat/Juhuri is a Southwest Iranian language (as is modern Persian) and is much more closely related to modern Persian than most other Iranian languages of the Caucasus e.g. Talysh, Ossetian, and Kurdish. However, it also bears strong influence from other sources:
Medieval Persian: Postpositions are used predominantly in lieu of prepositions e.g. modern Persian: باز او => Juhuri: æ uræ-voz "with him/her".
Arabic: like in modern Persian, a significant portion of the vocabulary is Arabic in origin. Unlike modern Persian, Juhuri has almost universally retained the original pharyngeal/uvular phonemes of Arabic e.g. /ʕæsæl/ "honey" (Arab. عسل), /sæbæħ/ "morning" (Arab. صباح).
Hebrew: As other Jewish dialects, the language also has many Hebrew loan words e.g. /ʃulħon/ "table" (Heb. שלחן), /mozol/ "luck" (Heb. מזל), /ʕoʃiɾ/ "rich" (Heb. עשיר). Hebrew words are typically pronounced in the tradition of other Mizrahi Jews. Examples: ח and ע are pronounced pharyngeally (like Arabic ح, ع respectively); ק is pronounced as a voiced uvular plosive (like Persian ق/غ). Classical Hebrew /w/ (ו) and /aː/ (kamatz), however, are typically pronounced as /v/ and /o/ respectively (similar to the Persian/Ashkenazi traditions, but unlike the Iraqi tradition, which retains /w/ and /aː/)
Russian: Loan words adopted after the Russian Empire's annexation of Daghestan and Azerbaijan
Other common phonology/morphology changes from classical Persian/Arabic/Hebrew:
- /aː/ => /o/, /æ/, or /u/ e.g. /kitob/ "book" (Arab. كتاب), /ɾæħ/ "road/path" (Pers. راه), /ɢurbu/ "sacrifice" (Arab. or Aramaic /qurbaːn/)
- /o/ => /u/ e.g. /ovʃolum/ "Absalom" (Heb. אבשלום)
- /u/ => /y/, especially under the influence of vowel harmony
- Stress on final syllable words
- Dropping of the final /n/, e.g. /soχtæ/ "to make" (Pers. ساختن)
Being a variety of the Tat language, Judæo-Tat itself can be divided into several dialects:
- Quba dialect (traditionally spoken in Quba and Qırmızı Qəsəbə)
- Derbent dialect (traditionally spoken in the town of Derbent and the surrounding villages), has been used as a standard form of Judæo-Tat
- Kaitag dialect (spoken in the North Caucasus)
- Judæo-Tat reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Windfuhr, Gernot. The Iranian Languages. Routledge. 2009. p. 417.
- Ethnologue report for Judeo-Tat
- Published in: Encyclopedia of the world’s endangered languages. Edited by Christopher Moseley. London & New York: Routledge, 2007. 211–280.
- John M Clifton. "Do the Talysh and Tat languages have a future in Azerbaijan?" (PDF). Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session. Retrieved 18 Feb 2013.
- UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
- Phonetics of the Mountain Jewish language
- (Russian) Language of the Mountain Jews of Dagestan by E.Nazarova
|Judeo-Tat test of Wikipedia at Wikimedia Incubator|
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