And starting from now, I'm doing
Zaza. I don't know how much I'll progress, but learning some basic stuff will be fun.
I was always wondering what this flag appearing on Unilang for the Zaza language is, and I've found this info:
Around 1917, Zaza rebels used plain red flags and these flags were rolled up around their heads during the fight against Turks, who called them Kizilbach (Red Heads). In 1921 Ismail Aga directed the revolt in the region of Koçgiri, which was violently repressed (20,000 were killed). During this revolt, the red flag with the white "Z" was created, the "Z" being a traditional embroidery design in the Zaza clothes. The flag was used during the followings revolts: 1934, Koç Asıretı in Dersim; 1937-38, Seyit Rıza also in Dersim; 1978, Halil Öztoprak in Marach; 1979 in Sivas; 1980 in Tchorum.
The Zaza flag is banned in Turkey and is used mainly in the Zaza emigration in Germany and other countries.
A dialog between a boy named Hesen and a girl named Zelal. (From the Zaza book used in Turkish schools, http://www.eba.gov.tr/ekitap?icerik-id=5428
Hesen: Nameyê mı Hesen o. Nameyê tu çıta yo?
Zelal: Nameyê mı Zelal a. Tı senin i Hesen?
Hesen: Ez hol o. Teşekur keno. Tı senin a Zelal?
Zelal: Ez zi hol a. Teşekur kena. Tı çara yi Hesen?
Hesen: Ez Çolig ra yo. Tı kamca ra ya Zelal?
Zelal: Ez zi Diyarbekır ra ya.
Hesen: Ez pê şınasnayişê tu keyfweş biyo.
Zelal: Ez zi biya şa.
Hesen: Xatırê tu bo.
Zelal: Oğır bo.
My name is Hesen. What is your name?
My name is Zelal. How are you Hesen?
I am fine. Thank you. How are you Zelal?
I am also fine. Thank you. Where are you from Hesen?
I am from Çolig. Where are you from Zelal?
I am from Diyarbekır.
I am happy to meet you.
I am happy too.
A striking grammar feature that we can see in this dialog: Zaza copular distinguishes gender!
I am fine.
Masculine: Ez hol o
Feminine: Ez hol a
You are fine.
Masculine: Tı hol i
Feminine: Tı hol a
I looked it up in the grammar book (T.L. Tood, A Grammar of Dimili, http://www.zazaki.de/english/T.L.Todd-A ... fDimli.pdf
), and yes it confirms this, and moreover, Zaza verb distinguishes gender in all moods and tenses
! That's one fun language.
It's a bit like they always speak with participles (the resemblance also comes from using "a" for the feminine verbs, just like in Slavic and Romance adjectives and participles).