- 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 Farsregion of Iran. Estimates of the number of Qashqai speakers vary, Ethnologuegives 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.
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=qxq Ethnologue entry for Qashqa'i]
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