Lari language

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Native to Iran
Region Fars Province, Bastak County
Native speakers
(undated figure of 80,000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lrl
Glottolog lari1253[2]

Lari, also known as Larestani (Persian: لارستانی‎‎), is a southwestern Iranian language related to Luri and Persian. The Lari language has kept strong ties with Old Persian.[3][4] The Lari language is derived from Middle Persian.[4] The Lari language has lots of words from Middle Persian that distinguishes it from modern Persian.[4] The Lari language has less Arabic influence than Modern Persian, which suggests that Lari descends from a purer Iranian tongue.[4][5] There are ergative structure in Lari verbal morphology, which is distinct from Persian.

Lari is spoken in different counties of the Fars province (Larestan, Khonj, Gerash, Lamerd) and in the mountainous Bastak County in Hormozgan. The language is spoken by Larestani people, the majority of Larestani people are Sunni Muslims.[6][7][8][9]

Lari has several dialects: Khonji, Lari, Gerashi, Evazi (Awadhi), Didebani, Fedaghi, Aradi, Bastaki, Fishvari, Khookherdi and Kandari.


  • L. Khonji, Negaresh Tafsili bar Zabane Larestani va Guyeshe Khonji (2009). Comprehensive Study of the Larestani Language and Khonji Dialect, Shiraz: Ilaf Press.
  • Mirdehghan, Mahinnaz & Ourang, Muhammed (2013). An Analytic Study of the Grammatical Tenses in the Lari Language. International Review of Social Sciences and Humanities (IRSSH),10 (3).
  • Moridi, Behzad & Ourang, Muhammed. Derivational Morphemes in the Lari Language: Limitations and Applications, Second National Conference on Farsi Language Teaching and Linguistics, Shiraz Islamic Azad University, Shiraz, Iran. May 2013.
  • Mirdehqan, Mahinnaz., Morodi, Behzad, & Ourang, Muhammed. The Effectiveness of Task-based Approach in Teaching Local Dialects, Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference (ILinC), Belfast University, Ireland, September, 2012.
  • Mirdehqan, Mahinnaz., Morodi, Behzad, & Ourang, Muhammed. Teaching to speakers of local dialects through task-based syllabus: requirements, limitations and applications (the case study of teaching Persian to speakers of Lari dialect), Third International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (FLTAL), International Burch University, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. May 2013.
  • Moridi Behzad & Ourang, Muhammed (forthcoming, 2013). Lari Grammar: A Contrastive Analysis with Persian. Shiraz: Hamsaye Center of Publication.
  • Morodi, Behzad, & Ourang, Muhammed (2013). Preserving Endangered Iranian Languages through Applied Linguistic Approach: The Case Study of the Lari Language. Global Conference on Linguistics and Foreign-Language Teaching (LINELT), Turkey.
  • A. Eghtedari, (1990). Larestane Kohan va Farhange Larestani (Ancient Larestan and Larestani Culture). Tehran: Jahne Moaser Publication.
  • A. Eghtedari, (2005). Zabane Larestani (Larestani Language). Tehran: Hamsaye Publication Centre.
  • Moridi Behzad & Ourang, Muhammed (in preparation, 2013). Teaching Persian to Lari Speakers: Applied Linguistics Considerations.


  1. ^ Lari at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Lari". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ "Lar, An Ancient City" (PDF). 
  4. ^ a b c d A Contrastive Analysis of Inflectional Markings of English and Lari Dialect Verbs: Morphosyntactic Properties vs. Phonological Clitics (PDF). p. 795. 
  5. ^ The History of Ancient Iran, Part 3, Volume 7. Richard Nelson Frye. pp. 27–29. 
  6. ^ "Larestani, Lari in Iran". 
  7. ^ Islamic Desk Reference. E. J. Van Donzel. p. 225. 
  8. ^ "Larestani people of Iran". The Larestani people are predominantly Sunni Muslims. 
  9. ^ "Larestani". While most people in Iran are Shi’ite Muslims, the Larestani are Sunnis.