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Secret Languages, Hebrew in: Iranian
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Luterāʾī, the Jewish jargon of Iran, combines mostly-Hebrew vocabulary with Persian morphology and syntax.

Today, most Iranian Jews speak New Persian. Local dialects are almost extinct, as is the jargon that allowed them to speak in the presence of strangers. Luterāʾi, like the dialects, changes from place to place, and so does its name: in most places Luterāʾī or Loterāʾī, Luflāʾī in Kashan, Lutrāʾī in Golpaygan, and Lʾutrūʾī in Kermanshah.

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Gindin, Thamar E., “Secret Languages, Hebrew in: Iranian”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000310>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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