Sorkhei language

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Region Iran
Native speakers
10,000 (2006 census)[1]
  • Aftari
Language codes
ISO 639-3 sqo
Glottolog sork1239[2]

Sorkhei is a Western Iranian language. It is spoken in village of Sorkheh in Semnan Province in northwestern Iran.[3]


During the Iran nuclear negotiations, urgent telephone conversations between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Hossein Fereydoun, his aide traveling with the negotiating team, were conducted in Sorkhei. This was done to eliminate or reduce comprehensibility of the conversation by any eavesdroppers.[4]


  1. ^ Sorkhei at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sorkhei". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Lecoq, pg. 297
  4. ^ Tabnak


  • Pierre Lecoq. 1989. "Les dialectes caspiens et les dialectes du nord-ouest de l'Iran," Compendium Linguarum Iranicarum. Ed. Rüdiger Schmitt. Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag. Pages 296-314.
  • Habib Borjian. 2008. “The Komisenian Dialect of Aftar,” Archiv Orientální 76: 379-416.