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Armenian

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers:5,902,970

 

Language Family: Indo-European

 

Spoken in:
Armenia, Azrbaijan, Cyprus, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Romania, Syria, Turkey, Ukraine

 

 

History:
Armenian was first written in the 5th century AD. The type of Armenian spoken and written in the 5th century is known as Classical Armenian, or գրաբար (grabar - "literary"). It contains numerous loanwords from Parthian, and also from Greek, Syriac, Latin and other languages such as Uratian. Grabar continued to be used as a literary language until the late 19th century. The Armenian used between about the 11th and 15th century is known as Middle Armenian, or միջին հայերեն (mijin hayeren), and contains more loanwords from Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and Latin.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

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