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Linguistic figures

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Linguistic figures

Jeladet Bedir Xan (1893-1951)

Jeladet Alí Bedir Xan Prince Jeladet Ali Bedir Khan (Kurdish: Mír Jeladet Alí Bedir Xan, میر جه‌لاده‌ت عالی بدرخان), also known as Mír Jeladet, was born 26th April, 1893 in Kayseri, a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey. He was the second oldest son of Emín Ali Bedir Xan and Seníha Xanim Cerkez. His father, the son of the Emir of Bedir Xan, was a famous politician at the time of the Ottoman Empire. For most of his life, Jeladet Alí divided his time between France, Germany, and Syria. He held a master's degree in law from Istanbul University and completed his studies in Munich. A member of the European literati, Jeladet spoke Arabic, Turkish, Kurdish, German, French and possibly Greek.

Jaffer Sheyholislami (1960)

Jaffer Sheyholislami (Kurdish: Jefer Shéxolíslamí, جعفر شێخ الیسلامی) was born in 1960 in the city of  Mahabad in Mukriyan Province. Currently (2009) he  is Assistant Professor at the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Taufiq Wahby (1891-1984)

Dr. Tewfíq Wehbí in 80's

Mr. Taufiq Wahby (Kurdish: Tewfíq Wehbí, ته‌وفیق وه‌هبی), was born in 1891 in Cuwar Ta village of Silemaní district in Baban province/Kurdistan. Wehby was the champion of the codification of the central dialect of Kurdish language in 1920's. He was the Kurdish philologist and army officer. Colonel Tofiq Wahby served as a colonel of the army in the Ottoman Empire. After the fall of the Ottoman Empire and creation of the new state of Iraq under British supervision, Wahby become an influential member of the new Iraqi army. His scientific and highly remarkable efforts were met with refusal when confronted with the Arab rule nationalistically oriented Iraqi Ministry of Culture. The reason given was that no 'foreign accents' or Kurdish "caps" could be placed on the 'holy Arabic letters', the letters in which the Qur'an (Koran) is written.

Dilan Rostam Roshani (1968)

 alt=Dilan Majid Rostam Roshani (Kurdish: Dílan Mejíd Rostem Roshaní, دیلان مەجید روسته‌م رۆشانی) was born in 1968. His ancestry is found in the Bajalan tribe of Binkúre in vicinity of Khanaqin. His father Majíd is the son of Rostam Axa the son of late Majid Axa Bajalan.

Cecil John Edmonds (1889-1979)

Cecil John Edmonds (Kurdish: Sisíl Jan Idmonds,  سسیل جان ئێدمۆنز) a Royal British diplomat was born 26 October 1889, youngest son of Revd. Walter and Laura Edmonds. He was Educated at Bedford School; Christ’s Hospital and Pembroke College, Cambridge. Edmonds Joined Levant Consular Service as student interpreter. In 1910 he was acting Vice-Consul, Bushire. In 1913 he became Assistant Political Officer in Mesopotamia, and 1915 (Temp. Captain), South West Persia. Edmonds served as Political Officer, British Forces North West Persia in 1917. 

Abdul Rahman Zabihi (1920-1980)

Ebdul Rehmaní Zebíhí Abdul Rahman Zabihi (Kurdish: Ebdul Rehmaní Zebíhí, ئه‌وڕحمانی زه‌بیهی) was born in Mehabad in 1920. He was fluent in Kurdish, Persian, Arabic and Turkish. He was also familiar with English, and French. His linguistic effort to the development of the Kurdish language concentrated most in dialectology and lexicography. Zabihi is the author of one of the best Kurdish-Kurdish dictionary.

Ahmad Khani (1651 - 1707)

Ehmed XaníAhmad Khani (Kurdish: Ehmedé Xaní, ئه‌حمه‌د خانی) has lived in years 1651 to 1707 AD, this great Kurdish poet was born amongst the Xaní's tribe in Hekarí province in Kurdistan. He moved to Bayezíd in Ritkan province and settled there. Later he start with teaching Kurdish (Kurmanjí) at basic level. Xaní was fluent in Kurdish, Arabic and Parsi. He wrote his Arabic-Kurdish vocabulary "Nú-Buhar" in 1683 to help children with their learning process.

Amir Hassanpour (1943)

Prof. Amir HassanpourProf. Amir Hassanpour (Kurdish: Emír Hesenpúr, ئه‌میر حه‌سه‌نپوور) was born in 1943 in Mahabad in Mukríyan Province in Kurdistan. He did his primary school in Mehabad before he moved to Tehran for his secondary school at Dar-ol-Fonun Secondary School in 1961. He began his undergraduate studies in economics at University of Tehran (1961), and finished a B.A. in English language in 1964.

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