Understanding The Kurdish Language & Providing Professional Kurdish Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services ® (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Kurdish language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Kurdish language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Kurdish interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Kurdish language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
Kurdish Used Throughout The Middle East and Iraq
The Kurdish language is a term used for the language spoken by Kurds. It is the official language of Iraq but is still used heavily among major Middle East countries, especially Turkey. Kurdish belongs to the northwestern sub-group of the Iranian languages, which themselves belong to the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. The most closely related languages to Kurdish are Balochi, Gileki and Talysh, all of which belong to the northwestern branch of Iranian languages. Today, Kurdish is an official language in Iraq, while it is banned in Syria where it is forbidden to publish material in Kurdish.
The History of Kurdish and Its Attempted Suppression By The Turkish Government
Although Kurdish has a northwestern Iranian root, little is known about Kurdish in pre-Islamic times. The most notable language in this group is Median, of which little is known either; apart from it shared important phonological isoglosses with Avestan. The Kurdish language was banned in a large portion of Kurdistan for some time. Turkey, having a history of conflict with the Kurds, has tried to cripple their culture. Since a large portion of the Kurdish homeland is on Turkish territory, the Turkish government has tried to suppress their movement for an independent state. Until 1991, the use of the Kurdish language was illegal in Turkey, as part of the effort.
The Two Standardized Dialects of Kurdish
Kurdish has two standardized dialects: a northern and a central one. The northern dialect, Northern Kurmanji also commonly referred to simply as Kurmanji, is spoken in northern half of Iraqi Kurdistan, Caucasus, Anatolia and Syria. The central dialect, called Sorani, is spoken in west Iran and much of the Iraqi Kurdistan.
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The Kurdish language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Kurdish. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Kurdish interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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