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A Linguistic Atlas for Iran’s Languages

Dr. Erik Anonby & Dr. Mortaza Taheri-Ardali,

Carleton University, Universität Bamberg & Shahr-e Kord University, Canada & Iran

There have been a number of important efforts to map out the languages of Iran, but until now no language atlas, or even a comprehensive and detailed country-level language map, has been produced. One of the recent projects which aims to fill this gap in the literature is the Atlas of the Languages of Iran (, an international collaborative effort involving partners in Iran and internationally. As outlined in earlier work (Anonby 2015), the Atlas has been designed with the following key features: use of the open-source, open-access Nunaliit Atlas Framework (; developed by an international team of volunteer scholars and students; includes each of Iran’s some 60,000 cities and villages; capable of remote contributions and moderation of input by Atlas editors; brings together existing publications and new data; development and implementation of questionnaires for sociolinguistic, lexical, phonological and morphosyntactic research; references sources for all data, whether published work, collaborator field notes or user contributions; and allows for comparison of language identification maps with language data maps. The eventual and ultimate goal of our research is to enable production of a comprehensive, detailed and reliable online Atlas showing the distribution of languages and linguistic structures for all of Iran.

The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The International Conference on Current Issues of Languages, Dialects and Linguistics (WWW.LLLD.IR), 2-3 February 2017, Iran-Ahwaz.