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A12 The King With Forty Sons. Informant: Yuwarǝš Xošăba Kena (Dure)

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This chapter contains transcriptions of a folktale, which is about a king with forty sons. The story focuses on the king and his youngest son Barzǝkko. The Aramaic language has continued to be spoken in various dialects down to modern times. Many of these dialects are now endangered due to political events in the Middle East over the last hundred years. This work, presents a description of one such endangered neo-Aramaic dialect, that of the Assyrian Christian community of the Barwar region in northern Iraq. It is a unique record of the dialect based on interviews with the surviving older generation of the community.

Keywords: Aramaic language; Barzǝkko; folktale; king; neo-Aramaic dialect

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