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The Western Modern Iranian Languages
 
 This category includes the following languages:
i. The Central Iranian Dialects: These dialects that are mainly spoken in the regions located between Esfahān, Tehran, Hamadān, and Yazd are further divided into six categories:
- The North-Western group on the western part of the Qom-Esfāhān route comprising dialects like the Khwānsāri, the Mahallāti, the Wanshāni, etc.;
- The North-Eastern group in the Kāshān and Natanz regions, comprising dialects like Ārāni, Abuzaydābādi, Abyānehi, Bādrudi, Tāri, Joshaqāni, Suyi, Farizandi, Qohrudi, Kesheh’i, Meymeh’i, Natanzi, Yarandi, the dialect of the Jews of Kāshān, etc.;
- The South-Western group in Esfahān comprising dialects like the Sedehi, Kafrāni, Gazi, Varzaneh’i, the dialect of the Jews of Esfahān, etc.;
- The South-Western group comprising the Ardestāni dialect, the Anāraki, the Zefreh’i, the Nā’ini, the dialect of the Zoroastrians of Kermān and Yazd (popularly known as Behdini), the dialect of the Jews of Kermān and Yazd, etc.;
- The dialects of the Tafrish region comprising the Āmoreh’i, Alviri, Kahaki, Vafsi, Vidari, etc.;
- The dialects of the Dasht-e-Kavir region comprising Khuri, Farvi (or Farvigi), Mehrjāni, etc.
ii. Dialects of the Caspian Shorelines:
The Gilaki dialects comprising Rashti, Lāhijāni, Langrudi, Māchiyāni, etc.;
The Māzandarāni dialects (Old Tabari) comprising Bāboli, Sāravi, Shahmirzādi, Gorgāni (now out of use);
The dialects of the Semnān region comprising Aftari, Biyābanaki, Sorkheh’i, Semnāni, Sangsari, Lāsgerdi, etc.
iii. The North-Western Dialects:
The Northern Tāti which is spoken by the Jews of Dāghestān and in the north-east of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
The Southern Tāti which is spoken by the Muslims and some Christians of the north-east of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
The Tāleshi dialects spoken in the Āzarbāyjān of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan comprising Parehsari, Zaydeh’i, Māsāli, Māsuleh’i, etc.;
The Āzari dialects which are sometimes also referred to as Tāti, comprising Eshtehārdi, Alamuti, Tākestāni, Chāli, Kho’ini, Rudbāri, Sagzābādi, Shāli, Kajali, Keringāli, Harzani, Hezār-rudi, etc.
iv. The South-Western Dialects:
Sivandi, the dialects of the Fārs region comprising Ardakāni, Buranjāni, Khollāri, Dashtestāni, Davāni, Somghāni, Kalāti, Kondāzi, Māsarmi, etc.;
The Lori dialects comprising Bakhtiāri, Feyli, Kohgiluyeh’i, Giyāni, Mamasani’i, etc
v. The South-Western Dialects:
- The Lārestāni dialects comprising Aradi, Evazi, Bastaki, Banāruyeh’i, Bikhu’i, Khonji, Fedāghi, Fishvari, Gerāshi, Lāri, etc.;
- The Beshākerdi dialects comprising Bandari (in Bandar Abbās), Rudāni, Rudbāri, Minābi, Hormozi, etc.;
- The Komzāri dialect spoken in the Mozandam Peninsula in Oman.
vi. The Kurdish Dialects:
- The North-Western Kurdish (or Kermānji) spoken in the West Āzarbāyjān province, Kordestān, Khorāsān, Baluchistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Syria;
- The North-Western Kurdish spoken in the Republics of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, as well as in Mosul and Dohak of Iraq where it is referred to as “Bādināni”;
- The Central Kurdish comprising Surāni (spoken in Ārbil, Khāneqayn, Sulaymāniyah, and Kirkuk of Iraq), Seneh’i (Sanandaji), and Mokri (spoken in the southern parts of the West Āzarbāyjān province and Kordestān);
- The Southern Kurdish comprising Sanjābi, Kermānshāhi, Kalhori, Poshtekuh Lori.
vii. The Zaza and Gorani dialects, which are at times mistakenly referred to as Kurdish:
- The Zaza or Deylami now in use among the Kurds of Turkey:
- The Orāmāni (spoken in western parts of Sanandaj, Pāveh, Nosud, etc).;
- The Bājlaāni (spoken in suburban areas of Sar-e pol-e Zahāb, Qasr-e Shirin, Khāneqayn, Kirkuk, Mosul, etc.);
- The Kanduleh’i (spoken in north-east of Kermānshāh); and
- The Gorāni (spoken in northen Kermānshāh).
viii. The Baluchi Dialects:
- The Rakhshāni (spoken by most of the Baluch people of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan as well in the Merv city in Turkmenistan);
- The Sarāvāni (spoken in the Baluchistan of Iran);
- Kechi (spoken in the Makrān of Pakistan);
- Lāshāri (spoken in south of Iranshahr),
- Eastern Baluchi (spoken in the western and north-western parts of Quetta of Pakistan);
- Koroshi (spoken among the camel breeders of the Qashqā’i tribe in the Fārs Province); and
- The coastal area dialects (spoken in the coastal areas of Iran and Pakistan).
 
* source: Rezaie Baghbidi , Hasan " Iran Entry " The Great Islamic Encyclopedia . Ed. Kazem Musavi Bojnourdi.Tehran: The Center of Great Islamic Encyclopaedia , 1989-, V.10 , pp.548 - 549
 
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