Western Armenian and dialect of Hamshen Armenians endangered in Turkey

Western Armenian is one of the 18 languages under the threat of disappearance in Turkey, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in danger. The Homshetsma (the dialect of Hamshen Armenians) is also endangered.

According to the UNESCO list, Western Armenian is spoken among 50 thousand people in Turkey.

The number of endangered languages in Azerbaijan and Georgia reaches 11. Homshetsma is endangered in Georgia, as well.

As for Armenia, there are only two languages in danger – Assyrian and Pontic Greek. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the Public Radio of Armenia broadcasts news programs in 14 languages including Assyrian.

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