Zazaki, Northern

Language Data

  • Alternate names: Alevica, Dersimki, Dimilki, Kirmanjki, Northern Zaza, So-Bê, Zaza, Zonê Ma; Also, in Austria: Kirmanjki; in Germany: Kirmanjki; in Netherlands: Kirmanjki; in Switzerland: Kirmanjki; in United Kingdom: Kirmanjki
  • Dialects: Tunceli, Varto
  • Scriptures published:
    • Portions
    • The JESUS Film See above
  • Literacy: Literacy rate in second language(s): School-age children to 40 years old, are literate in TurkishAlso use Turkish [tur]
    Second Language: No information available.
  • Primary country: Turkey
  • Region: Sivas Province, Zara, Imranli, Kangal, and Divrigi subprovinces; Tunceli Province, Tunceli merkez, Hozat, Nazmiye, Pülümür, and Ovacik subprovinces; Bingol Province, Kigi and Karkiova subprovinces; Erzurum Province, Erzincan and Cayirli subprovinces; Elazig Province, Elazig merkez and Karakoqan subprovinces; Mush Province, Varto subprovince; Malatya Province; at least 83 total villages
  • Also used in: Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
  • Religion: Muslim (Alevi)
  • Livelihood: Pastoralists; peasant agriculturalists
  • Number of users: 184,000 (140,000 in Turkey; ; ; ; ; )
  • Vitality: Educational

(data from Ethnologue and other sources)