Afshar language

Native to Turkey, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan
Ethnicity Afshar people
Native speakers
about 600,000 (date missing)
Perso-Arabic script, Latin script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 (included in azb)
Glottolog afsh1238[1]

Afshar or Afshari, also known as "Afshar Azerbaijani" is a Turkic language spoken in Turkey, Iran, Syria, and parts of Afghanistan by the Afshar people. Ethnologue lists it as a dialect of South Azerbaijani language.

Afshar is distinguished by a large number of loanwords from Persian and a rounding of the phoneme /a/ to [ɒ], as occurred in Uzbek. In many cases, vowels that are rounded in Azerbaijani are not rounded in Afshar. An example of this is /jiz/ (meaning 100), which is /jyz/ in standard Azerbaijani.

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  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Afshari". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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