Southern Kurdish (Southern Kurdish: Kurdî Xuarîn or Kalhori), also called Kirmaşanî, is a dialect of the Northwestern Iranian languages and is predominantly spoken in western Iran and eastern Iraq. In Iran, it is spoken in the provinces of Kermanshah (Kirmaşan) and Ilam. In Iraq it is spoken in the region of Khanaqin (Xaneqîn), all the way to Mandali, Pehle. It has more than one million speakers in the city of Baghdad. It is also the language of the populous KurdishKakayî-Kakavand tribe near Kerkuk. There are also populous diasporas of Southern Kurdish Dialects group found in the Alburz mountains.
Southern Kurdish which is spoken in Iran in Ilam and Kermanshah provinces, Southern dialects standard written form is like standard Kurdish alphabet.