Re: [tied] Dari/Farsi question

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14031
Date: 2002-07-16

There's little difficulty in mutual comprehension as far as I know, and Dari is essentially an eastern dialect of Farsi, with the usual quota of lexical differences. The literary languages are almost the same, while spoken Dari gravitates towards Tajiki -- another form of Modern Persian, with which it forms a dialectal continuum. They are related definitely more like diffent varieties of English than like French and Spanish. Cf. the Ethnologue database descriptions:
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From: hyltoncj64@...
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2002 11:55 PM
Subject: [tied] Dari/Farsi question

I know that Dari and Farsi are both versions of Modern Persian -- how similar are they? Is it like the difference between say, American and Australian English, where a few terms might (OK, more than a few terms) might be confusing but the basics are the same or is it more like the relationship between, say French and Spanish?

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