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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Iranian
Continent: Middle East
Country: Iraq
Region: In and around Sulamanya. Also spoken in Iran, USA.
Countries Where Spoken: 2,785,500 in Iraq, 18% of population including all Kurdish in Iraq, most of whom speak Kurdi (1986). Population total all countries 6,036,000. All Kurd speakers in all countries: 11,000,000 (1999 WA). Iran.
Countries Where Official: Iraq
Native Speakers: 11,000,000
Speakers Total: 11,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Kurdish at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Kurdish at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Kurdish: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Kurdish: 0
Three Letter Code: KDB
Summary: Sorani is mainly in Iraq. Official language. Literacy rate in second language: 27%. Other reports are that many are well educated. Sunni and Shi"a Muslim; Ahl-e-haqq groups in 3 districts in south and southeast Kurdistan, mainly around Kermanshah and Kerkuk; 50,000 Yezidis in northern Iraq near Mosul and in the Sinjar Hills. NT 1994.

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