Kurdish language resources
Kurdish is spoken on a daily basis in: Germany, Lebanon, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey
Additional background on
The Kurdish language is an Iranian language spoken in the region called Kurdistan, including Kurdish populations in parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. Kurdish is an official language in Iraq while it is banned in Syria where it is forbidden to publish material in Kurdish . Before August 2002, the Turkish government placed severe restrictions on the use of Kurdish, prohibiting the language in education and broadcast media. The Kurdish alphabet is still not recognized in Turkey, and use of the Kurdish letters X, W, Q which do not exist in the Turkish alphabet have led to judicial persecution in 2000 and 2003  . In Iran, though it is used in the local media and newspapers, it is not allowed to be taught in schools  . As a result many Iranian Kurds have left for Iraq where they can study in their native language.
The Kurdish language belongs to the western sub-group of the Iranian languages which belong to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European languages family. The most closely related languages to Kurdish are Balochi, Gileki and Talysh, all of which belong to the north-western branch of Iranian languages. Persian which belongs to the south-western branch, is also considered a related language.
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All data is derived from UNESCO.