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Dialect, Iran’s Nominee for UNESCO
Iran intends to propose for inscription on
UNESCO’s list of world intangible heritage Nowruz as a common
heritage shared by the countries in Iranian civilization sphere
and the Maraghi dialect as its specific national heritage.
The two files are Iran’s first nominations for inscription on
the world intangible heritage list to be submitted to UNESCO
four years after the approval and coming into force of
proclamation of masterpieces of the oral and intangible
Maraghi dialect, about which little research has been carried
out, is used in 15 villages throughout the Alamut area, and
since the number of its users does not go beyond one thousand,
linguists consider it an endangered dialect. It meanwhile enjoys
features that make it remnant of an ancient language.
Two reasons have been given for the dialect’s survival so far;
first the location of the villages in remote areas, in some sort
of natural dead end; and second the traditional culture and
conduct specific to their residents.
However, some do not agree on the presentation of Maraghi
dialect for inscription and believe that there are other
dialects worthy of nomination. But director of Iran’s language
and dialect research center, Saeed Oryan believes that one has
no other way but to choose among them and the Maraghi dialect is
considered capable of getting the world attention due to reasons
such as its being a pure Iranian language, its being ancient and
also its being on the verge of disappearance; moreover, its file
was already compiled and the upcoming meeting of UNESCO is a
good opportunity to save and recognize the dialect.
The report to be handed to UNESCO seeks to provide a perspective
on the situation of the dialect in the past and right now, its
distribution and the culture of its speakers.
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