|unknown (10,000–20,000 cited 1989)|
Shabaki is an Indo-Iranian language of the Zaza–Gorani group spoken by the Shabak people and ethnic Kurds in Mosul, Iraq. The number of speakers of Shabaki was estimated in 1989 to be between 10,000 and 20,000.
Similarities with other languages
As Shabaki belongs the Zaza–Gorani group it is most similar to languages such as Gorani (Hewrami) dialects and Zazaki. As Zaza–Gorani belongs to the Northwestern Iranian branch, it also shares specific Sorani Kurdish features:
|amn-am||ez||min||emin, min||I, me, mine, my|
|atu||to, tu||tu, to||eto, to||thou, thee, thine|
|aw, îna||a, o||ew||ew||s/he, his, hers, him, her|
|ishan||inu, inan||Ewan||Ade||they, them, their|
- Shabaki reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
- Ethnologue about Shabaki
- Abd al-Jabbar, Falih. Ayatollahs, sufis and ideologues: state, religion, and social movements in Iraq. University of Virginia 2008.
- Sykes, Mark. The Caliphs' last heritage: a short history of the Turkish Empire
- Omniglot Shabaki page