|Spoken natively in
||Eastern Iraq, Western Iran
||Main in Western Iran, Kermanshah, Ilam Province, eastern Kurdistan Province, western Hamedan province, Qazvin province, southern kurds diaspora in Tehran province, Alborz province; Eastern Iraq border with those provinces including Xanaqin, Kifri, Mandali, Qorwaq and Baghdad.
Southern Kurdish Area
Southern Kurdish (Southern Kurdish: کوردی خوارگ), also called Kermānšāni, belongs to the Northwestern Iranian languages and is predominantly spoken in western Iran and eastern Iraq. In Iran, it is spoken in the provinces of Kermanshah (Kermānšān) and Ilam. In Iraq it is spoken in the region of Khanaqin (Xaneqîn), all the way to Mandali, Pehle. It has more than one million speakers in the city of Baghdad. It is also the language of the populous Kurdish Kakayî tribe near Kerkuk and the Zengenes near Kifrî. There are also populous diasporas of Southern Kurdish Dialects group found in the Alburz mountains.
Southern Kurdish which is spoken in Iran in Ilam and Kermanshah provinces, is very similar to Laki which is spoken in Lorestan, Hamedan, and Kermanshah. Southern dialects standard written form is like standard Persian and have not been adequately studied.
The dialects of Southern Kurdish are:
- Kermashani, the Standard dialect of Southern Kurdish
- Kalhuri, referring to Kalhor people and region
- Feyli (also known as Ilami) referring to the Feyli tribe and the Ilam Province. It had around 3 million speakers in Iran in 2000.
- Kolyaî, Kermanshahi (Kermānšānî)
- Garrusi (Gerrûsî) (Bijari)
- Malekshahi (Melikşay)
- Sanjâbi (Sencabî) referring to the Sanjâbi people. It's a branch of Kalhor language family
Laki is a Northwestern Iranian language. Although it is usually grouped with Southern Kurdish dialects, it is a fourth subgroup of Kurdish with lexical similarity with Luri, Western Persian, and Northern Luri.
- ^ Medieval Islamic Civilization: A-K, index By Josef W. Meri, Jere L. Bacharach
- ^ Ethnologue: Languages of Iran
- ^ Ethnologue: Languages of Iraq
- ^ Ranjbar, Vahid. Dastur-e Zaban-e Kurdi-ye Kermanshahi. Kermanshah: Taq-Bostan. 1388