Koy Sanjaq Syriac language
|Koy Sanjaq Surat|
|Region||Koy Sanjaq and Armota in Erbil Governorate|
|(800 cited 1995)|
Koy Sanjaq Christian Neo-Aramaic (native name: ܣܘܪܬ, romanized: Sûrat) is a variety of Northeastern Neo-Aramaic spoken by Christian Assyrians in Koy Sanjaq in the Erbil Governorate, Iraq. Koy Sanjaq Jewish Neo-Aramaic is a separate variety spoken by Jews in the same town. The Madnhâyâ version of the Syriac alphabet is used in writing, but most written material is in the Syriac language used in worship.
Koy Sanjaq Surat seems to be related to Senaya, which is spoken by Assyrians 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 Assyrian settlers from Sanandaj.
The dialect also has much more Kurdish influences then other dialects of Syriac. It does not appear to be intelligible with Chaldean Neo-Aramaic, which is spoken by co-ethnics further north, or with the Jewish Neo-Aramaic language of Lishanid Noshan, which was traditionally spoken by the Jews of Koy Sanjaq.