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Sorani (Central Kurdish)

Central Kurdish (کوردیی ناوەندیkurdîy nawendî), also called Sorani (سۆرانیSoranî) is a Kurdish language spoken in Iraq, mainly in Iraqi Kurdistan, as well as the Kurdistan Province of western Iran. Central Kurdish is one of the two official languages of Iraq, along with Arabic, and is in political documents simply referred to as "Kurdish".

The term Sorani (سۆرانیSoranî), after the name of the former Soran Emirate, is used especially to refer to a written, standardized form of Central Kurdish written in the Sorani alphabet developed from the Persian alphabet in the 1920s by Sa'íd Sidqi Kaban and Taufiq Wahby