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Monday, August 15, 2005

mourning for a language

Gilaki language From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guilaki_language)
Gilaki or Guilaki (گیلکی) is one of the North-western
Iranian languages spoken in Iran's Gilan province. It can be divided into two dialects: Western Gilaki and Eastern Gilaki. Gilaki is diminishing in popularity amongst the younger generation of Iranians, especially in the cities. It is losing ground to Persian. The Gilaki language is closely related to Persian and the two languages have similar vocabularies. The syntax and gramatical structure of Gilaki, however, is closer to some of the European languages such as English in that the adjective precedes the noun. For instance, "apple red" in Persian is equivalent to "red apple" in Gilaki. Today Gilak poets are the only people who try to save the language by using its terms and expressions in their poems and writings. A large amount of Gilaki words and expressions are now forgotten, having been replaced by their simpler equivalents in Persian. Gilaki is also a fragmented language, with different variants being spoken in different cities. This lack of linguistic unity may also contribute to its declining popularity.


At September 4, 2005 at 1:41 PM, Blogger Cat said...

Great information. Thanx :)

At January 6, 2006 at 1:52 PM, Anonymous Gil Amard said...

There is a big mistake in this text.
The replacement of "Gilaki" words
and expressions by their "persian" equivalents is not linked to the
simplness of the latter at all.
Most of Gilish(Gilaki)words are simpler than their "Persian" equivalents.
The Main reason for weakening and gradually dying of our language is the extensive restriction, as not allowing it to be officially used and even taught.

At July 25, 2008 at 11:50 AM, Blogger Bryce said...

I too am mourning the slow death of Gilaki. You may find this to be a great place to keep it alive:

گیلکی wiki browser


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