Shabaki language, alphabet and pronunciation

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Shabaki (زِوان شَبَكي)

Shabaki is a language spoken by Shabak people in Mosul, Iraq. It is part of the northwestern group of the Iranian part of the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family. The Shabaki language belongs to the Zaza-Gorani group and is supposed to share major similarities with Gorani dialects such as Hewremi, Bajelani and Sarli. It's written in Arabic Alphabet and has 28 Letters .

In 1989 an estimate of speakers of Shabaki was put between 10,000 and 20,000. According to Shabaki media man (Ghanem Musawi), those statistics are not correct because the former regime of AlBaath forced the Shabak People to choose between Arabization and Kurdization .

Shabaki alphabet and pronunciation

Shabaki alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

  • The long version of ا = /ɑ/
  • و = u/ as a long vowel and /w/ as a consonant
  • ي = /i/ as a long vowel abd /j/ as a consonant
  • Short vowel marks are same as in Arabic: fatha (َ ), Damma (ُ-) and Kasra (ِ ). Fatha = /æ/, Damma = /o/ and Kasra = /e/.
  • ة is used only in final position, it is /-t/ after a long vowel, silent after a short vowel.

Links

Information about Shabaki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shabak_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=sdb

Arabic - Shabaki dictionary
http://www.alshabak.net/htm/creation/dictionary.htm

Shabak Websites (in Arabic)
http://www.alshabak.net
http://www.shabak.de
http://shabak.yahooboard.net
http://www.shabakvoices.net

Information provided by Abduzzahra Agha (عبد الزهرة آغا) and Ghanem Musawi (غانم الموسوي)

Iranian languages

Avestan, Baluchi, Dari, Gilaki, Juhuri, Kurdish, Mazandarani, Ossetian, Persian, Parthian, Pashto, Shabaki, Tajik, Talysh, Tat, Wakhi, Yaghnobi, Zazaki

Other languages written with the Arabic alphabet


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