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Title: The Xo'ini dialect
Author(s): YARSHATER, Ehsan
Journal: Persica
Volume: 18    Date: 2002   
Pages: 85-102
DOI: 10.2143/PERS.18.0.494

Abstract :
Xo’in is a village belonging to the Ejarud (locally Hejarud) rural districts (boluk) of Zanjan Province, about 60kms. southwest of the city of Zanjan. The dominant language of the village, like that of Zanjan Province, is Azari-Turkish, but a number of older people still managed to speak the Xo’ini dialect, when I visited the village in early October of 1960. The village had been declining for a number of years and had no more than some 170 families or eight to nine hundred souls. Earlier, Xo’in had been the center of a number of settlements belonging to it, such as Balbavin (Balubin), Garne (Garnā), Halab, Qanbarlak, Sa‘idābād (Sa‘dābād), Sura (Qezelja in Turkish) and Sefidkamar. Gradually, these settlements have grown independent of Xo’in. The fact that the road from Zanjan to Bijar in Kurdistan now passes by Halab and not Xo’in has particularly caused Xo’in to lose its centrality.

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