|nativename='<big>לשניד דינן</big> [''Lišānîd Jānān'']'
|region=[[Jerusalem]] originally from Bijil in Iraqi [[Kurdistan]]
|speakers=10 second-language speakers, effectively extinct
|rank=''Not in top 100''
[[Central Semitic languages|Central Semitic]]<br>
'''Bijil Neo-Aramaic''' is a modern [[Jew]]ish [[Aramaic language]], often called ''Neo-Aramaic'' or ''[[Judeo-Aramaic]]''. It was originally spoken in the village of Bijil in [[Iraq]]i [[Kurdistan]]. The native name of the language is ''Lishanid Janan'', which means 'our language', and is similar to names used by other Jewish Neo-Aramaic dialects ([[Lishan Didan]], [[Lishanid Noshan]]).
== Origin and use today ==
The Jewish inhabitants of a wide area from northern [[Iraq]], eastern [[Turkey]] and north western [[Iran]] mostly spoke various dialects of modern [[Aramaic language|Aramaic]]. The turmoil near the end of the [[First World War]] and resettlement in [[Israel]] in [] (when eight families from Bijil moved to the new Jewish state) led to the decline of these traditional languages.
The last native speaker of Bijil Neo-Aramaic died in []. The remaining second-language speakers are all related and over sixty years of age. The first language of these speakers is either [[Hebrew language|Hebrew]] or [[Kurdish language|Kurdish]], and some also speak [[Arabic language|Arabic]] or another Neo-Aramaic dialect. Thus, the language is effectively extinct.
Not enough evidence about Bijil Neo-Aramaic has been gathered to establish a connection with other Neo-Aramaic dialects. It may be related to [[Lishanid Noshan]], which has clusters around [[Arbil]] to the south east of Bijil. There maybe some similarities between Bijil Neo-Aramaic and the subdialect of Lishanid Noshan formerly spoken in the village of Dobe, 50 km north of Arbil.
There are no known texts written in Bijil Neo-Aramaic.
See also ==
report for Bijil Neo-Aramaic
* [[Aramaic language]]
* [[Jewish languages]]
* [[Aramaic alphabet]]
== External links ==
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=BJF Ethnologue report for Bijil Neo-Aramaic].
[[en:Bijil Neo-Aramaic language]]