Dr. Mortaza Taheri-Ardali & Dr. Erik Anonby,
Shahrekord University, Carleton University & Universität Bamberg, Iran
Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari Province, with nearly 900,000 inhabitants, is located on the eastern edge of the Zagros Mountains. This province is bounded by Khuzestan, Lorestan, Esfahan Province, and Kohgiluyieh va Boyer Ahmad. Our work on Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari Province was carried out as part of the research programme, the Atlas of the Languages of Iran (www.iranatlas.net). The first step in our work was a survey of language distribution in each of the 876 populated places (districts, cities and villages) of the province. The results of our research showed Bakhtiari as a dominant language spoken in the western, northern and southern parts of the province, and as the largest language in the capital city, Shahr-e Kord. The Turkic language community is found in about 40 villages, mainly in the north-eastern part of the Province. Urban Chaharmahali dialects are spoken in the major urban centers of Shahr-e Kord, Borujen, Farrokh Shahr and Hafshejan. Rural Chaharmahali dialects, which differ from their urban counterparts, include a number of villages in the north-east. Among these, areas such as Kiar and Gandoman have previously been treated in the literature – ethnically and then linguistically – as Charmahali. However, they share important linguistic features in common with Bakhtiari.
The above abstract is part of the article which was accepted at The First International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR) & The Third National Conference on English Studies and Linguistics (WWW.ELTL.IR) , 2-3 February 2017 , Iran-Ahwaz.