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Semnani language

Semnani
Region Iran
Native speakers
60,000  (2007)[1]
Dialects
? Biyabanaki
Language codes
ISO 639-3 smy
Glottolog semn1249[2]

Semnani (Semnani: fa Semani zefön) is one of the local languages of the Semnan Province of Iran. The language belongs to the Northwestern Branch of the Western Iranian languages, and it is a descendent of the now extinct Parthian language. The Semnani language is often mistakenly labeled as a "dialect".[3]

Phonology

Consonants

Labial Dental Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Glottal
Nasal m n (ŋ)
Plosive p b t d k ɡ q ʔ
Affricate tʃ dʒ
Fricative f v θ s z ʃ ʒ x ɣ h
Tap ɾ
Trill (r)
Approximant l j w

(Where symbols appear in pairs, the one to the right represents a voiced consonant. Allophones are in parentheses.)

Notes

  1. ^ Semnani at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Semnani". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Lecoq, pg. 297

Bibliography

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.


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