Qashqai language

Qashqai language

nativename=Qaşqaycə; Qaşqay dili

Map showing locations of Azerbaijani and related languages: North Azerbaijani (blue), South Azerbaijani (red), Salchuq (green), Qashqa'i (brown), Afshari (purple)

Qashqai (also spelled Ghashghai, Ghashghayi, Qashqa'i, and Qashqayi) is a Turkic language spoken by the Qashqai, an ethnic group living mainly in the Fars region of Iran. Estimates of the number of Qashqai speakers vary, Ethnologue gives a figure of one and a half million. The Qashqai language is closely related to Azerbaijani, and some linguists consider it to be a dialect of that language.

Like South Azerbaijani in Iran, Qashqai uses the Persian modification of the Arabic alphabet. The Qashqai also speak Persian, and use it as their literary language.


* [ Ethnologue entry for Qashqa'i]

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