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
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.
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Genealogically, Dari is a member of the Northwestern Iranian language
subfamily, which includes several other closely related languages, for instance, Gilaki
. These Northwestern Iranian languages are a branch of the larger Western Iranian language group, which is in turn a subgroup of the Iranian language
Indigenous speakers of Dari prefer the name 'Dari', but among Iran's Muslims, the language is also known as... Read More