Kurdish dialectology

Kurdish dialectology

Dialectology is a sub-field of historical linguistics, the scientific study of linguistic dialect. It studies variations in language based primarily on geographic distribution and their associated features. Dialectology treats such topics as divergence of two local dialects from a common ancestor and synchronic variation.

Dialectologists are ultimately concerned with grammatical features which correspond to regional areas. Thus, they are usually dealing with populations living in their areas for generations without moving, but also with immigrant groups bringing their languages to new settlements.

The Dialects of Kurdish Language

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Zebíhí (1967); Northern Group ; Central Group ; Southern Group ; Hawrami / Dimili

Table 1) Some alternative names for the Dialect Groups in Kurdish language.

M. Izady

A. Hassanpour

D.N. MacKenzie

J. Nebez

A. Zebíhí

North Kurmânji


Northern Group

North Kirmanci

Northern Group

South Kurmânji


Central Group

Middle Kirmanci

Central Group




Goraní / Zazai

Hawrami / Dimili



Southern Group

South Kirmanci

Southern Group


  1. Prof. Mínorskí, Kurdnewey médékanin, wergérraní D. Kemal Mezher Ehmed, govarí korrí zanyarí Kurd, Bergí yekem, bendí yekem, Sallí 1973, Bexda, Laperrí 563.
  2. Dr. Moyín, Burahaní Qatie’, bergí yek, laperrí 37-41.
  3. Dr. Mihmedí Mukrí, Goraní ya tranehay Kurdí, Taran, Kitébxaney Danish, 1957, laperrí 8.
  4. Dú nawcey picúkin le mellbendí zarawey Bashúrída.
  5. Dr. Kemal Fuad, Zarawekaní zimaní Kurdí u zimaní edebí u núsínyan, govarí korrí zanyarí Kurd, Jhimare 4, Sallí 1971, Bexda, Laperrí 22.

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