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Verbal Conjugations in the Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Ahvaz

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Neo-Mandaic is among the rarest and most seriously endangered languages of the world. Two extant Neo-Mandaic dialects, those of the cities of Ahvaz and Khorramshahr in southwestern Iran, are spoken by a few hundred adherents of Mandaeism, an indigenous gnostic religion of Lower Mesopotamia. The present article offers a synchronic and diachronic account of salient features of Ahvazi Neo-Mandaic verbal system, while weeding out problematic aspects in hetherto published grammatical sketches of the dialect and adding further observations to its grammatical profile as it is known thus far.

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