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Assyrian Neo-Aramaic

NameAssyrian Neo-Aramaic
Nativenameܐܬܘܪܝܐ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ Ātûrāyâ, ܣܘܪܝܬ ܣܘܪܝܝܐ Sûret-Ashuri
ImagecaptionSûret in written Syriac
(Madnkhaya script)
StatesIran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria *Assyrian diaspora
RegionHakkari Turkey, Urmia Iran
Fam3Central Semitic

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Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (also known as Assyrian, Aisorski, Assyrianci, Assyriski, Lishana Aturaya, Neo-Syriac, Sooreth, Suret, Sureth, or Suryaya Swadaya) is a Neo-Aramaic dialect, spoken by an estimated 220,000 people (1994 SIL estimate), formerly in the area between Lake Urmia, north-western Iran, and Siirt, south-eastern Turkey, but now more widely throughout the Assyrian � Chaldean � Syriac diaspora. Ethnologue estimates that as of the mid 1990s, about 80,000 speakers lived in the Assyrian homeland in the Middle East, while the majority of speakers lived abroad, most of them in the United States or in Europe. Most speakers are members of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Ancient Church of the East.

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