Dari (Zoroastrian)

Dari (Zoroastrian)

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Dari is a Northwestern Iranian ethnolect spoken as a first language by an estimated 8,000 to 15,000 Zoroastrians in and around the cities of Yazd and Kerman in central Iran. The ethnolect is often overlooked by linguists because the region is predominantly Muslim and because Dari is primarily spoken (rarely written).

Speakers of Dari may also be found among the Irani community of South Asia with major concentrations in Karachi, Pakistan and Bombay, India.

Dari is also known as 'Gabri' (var: 'Gavrŭni', 'Gabrōni') or 'Behdināni'.cf. cited in<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; .


Genealogically, Dari is a member of the Northwestern Iranian language subfamily, which includes several other closely related languages, for instance, Gilaki, Zazaki and Balochi. These Northwestern Iranian languages are a branch of the larger Western Iranian language group, which is in turn a subgroup of the Iranian language family.


Indigenous speakers of Dari prefer the name 'Dari', but among Iran's Muslims, the language is also known as...
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