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of Tati Language Being
Tati language is one of the oldest
Iranian languages spoken in various parts of Iranian
world that is now facing threats to its existence.
So far, there has been little systematic effort at
documenting the language. Now the Language and Dialects
Research Center affiliated to the Cultural Heritage
Organization is set to publish an atlas of Iran's Tati
Experts believe scattered pockets of Tati speaking
people across Iran are important linguistic communities
which have two key characteristics: first their
relationship with various linguistic families sometimes
far apart from each other and second their structure's
influence on the history of the Persian language and
other languages in the country.
Head of the research center Dr. Saeed Oryan said the
Tati speaking people were used to be concentrated in
what is today the Ardabil (ancient Artavilla) province
in central west Iran. Later they migrated to other areas
in the country including the Qazvin province.
The Tati language then came into contact with other
prevalent languages resulting in them falling underneath
and local languages going on top, he noted.
The situation got the Tati speaking people to learn the
dominant language and teach it to their children,
leading to the extinction of the language in many
villages where it was once spoken, Dr. Oryan remarked.
As a result, he pointed out, the language is endangered
particularly in the East Azarbaijan province where an
isolated village with 10 families is considered the main
Tati speaking pocket in the province, he continued.
Dr. Oryan blamed the decline in the use of the language
on people's emigration to larger cities.
A data bank of the Tati dialects spoken in the provinces
of Qazvin, Ardabil, East Azarbaijan, Markazi and Zanjan
has been compiled in the research center and now experts
are analyzing the collected information.
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British Institute of Persian Studies