|Native to||Armenian Highlands, Armenia, Artsakh, Iran, Georgia, Russia|
|(undated figure of 4.3 million)|
|Armenian alphabet (virtually always in the reformed orthography, except in Iran)|
Map of the Armenian dialects in early 20th century: -owm dialects, corresponding to Eastern Armenian, are shown in green.
|History of the Armenian language|
Romanization of Armenian
Eastern Armenian is spoken in Armenia, Artsakh, Russia, as well as Georgia, and by the Armenian community in Iran. Although the Eastern Armenian spoken by Armenians in Armenia and Iranian-Armenians are similar, there are pronunciation differences with different inflections. Armenians from Iran also have some words that are unique to them. Due to migrations of speakers from Armenia and Iran to the Armenian diaspora, the dialect is now very prominent in countries and regions where only Western Armenian was used. Eastern Armenian is based on the Yerevan dialect.
Eastern Armenian is, for the most part, mutually intelligible by educated or literate users of Western Armenian - and vice versa. Conversely, semi-literate or illiterate users of lower registers of either variety may have difficulty understanding the other.
The official language, according to law, of Armenia is an unspecified "Armenian". In practice, however, Eastern Armenian is the de facto, day-to-day common language of Armenia. For example, commercial translations are generally completed in Eastern Armenian.
Until 2018, both varieties shared the same ISO 639-3 code: hye. However, on 23 January 2018, a code specifically for Western Armenian was added to ISO 639-3: hyw. (The previous code under ISO 639-1 was hy.)
The Armenian Wikipedia is predominantly composed of Eastern Armenian content. As a result of the amendment to ISO 639-3, a campaign to create a separate popflock.com resource for Western Armenian is underway. If successful, this will result in separate popflock.com resource sites for Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian.
Eastern Armenian has six monophthong vowel sounds.
This is the Eastern Armenian Consonantal System using symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), followed by the corresponding Armenian letter in parentheses.
|Nasal||m (?)||n (?)||???|
|Stop||aspirated||p? (?)||t? (?)||k? (?)|
|voiceless||p (?)||t (?)||k (?)|
|voiced||b (?)||d (?)||? (?)|
|Affricate||aspirated||ts? (?)||t (?)|
|voiceless||ts (?)||t? (?)|
|voiced||dz (?)||d? (?)|
|Fricative||voiceless||f (?)||s (?)||? (?)||? (?)||h (?, ?)|
|voiced||v (?, ?, , ?)||z (?)||? (?)||? (?)|
|Approximant||???||?~? (?)||j (?, ?, ?, ?)|
The phonology of Eastern Armenian preserves the Classical Armenian three-way distinction in stops and affricates: one voiced, one voiceless and one aspirated. Compare this to the phonology of the Western Armenian language, which has kept only a two-way distinction: one voiced and one aspirated. (See the Differences in Phonology from Classical Armenian in the Western Armenian language article for details.)
A few exceptional Eastern Armenian words contain voiced stop letters pronounced as voiceless aspirated stops, like Western Armenian. For instance, ?? (king) is [tk??'v], not [t??'v]; other examples are ?, ?, ?, ?, ???.
The Eastern Armenian language is written using either Traditional Armenian Orthography or Reformed Armenian Orthography. The controversial reformed orthography was developed during the 1920s in Soviet Armenia and is in widespread use today by Eastern Armenian speakers in Armenia and those in the diaspora that are from Armenia. Eastern Armenian speakers in Iran continue to use the traditional orthography. Nevertheless, writings of either form are mutually intelligible, since the difference between the two orthographies is not large.
|1st person||2nd person||3rd person||1st person||2nd person||3rd person|
|nominative||(es)||(du)||(na)||? (menk?)||? (duk?)||(nrank?)|
|ablative||(injnic?), ? (injanic?)||(k?eznic?), ? (k?ezanic?)||(nranic?)||(meznic?), ? (mezanic?)||(jeznic?), ? (jezanic?)||? (nranc?ic?)|
|instrumental||(injnov), ? (injanov)||(k?eznov), ? (k?ezanov)||(nranov)||(meznov), ? (mezanov)||(jeznov), ? (jezanov)||? (nranc?ov)|
|locative||? (injnum), (injanum)||? (k?eznum), (k?ezanum)||? (nranum)||? (meznum), (mezanum)||? (jeznum), (jezanum)||(nranc?um)|
Armenian has T-V distinction, with , , used informally and capitalized ?, , as the polite forms.
Eastern Armenian nouns have seven cases, one more than Western Armenian. They are: nominative (subject), accusative (direct object), genitive (possession), dative (indirect object), ablative (origin), instrumental (means) and locative (position). Of the seven cases, the nominative and accusative, with exceptions, are the same, and the genitive and dative are the same, meaning that nouns have mostly five distinct forms for case. Nouns in Armenian also decline for number (singular and plural), but do not decline for gender (i.e. masculine or feminine).
Declension in Armenian is based on how the genitive is formed. There are several declensions, but two are the most used (genitive in i, and genitive in u):
First, notice that the Ablative form in Eastern Armenian is /-it?s/, where it is -ê in Western Armenian:
Abl.sg WA karê/EA /ut?s?/
Second, notice that in Western Armenian, the plural forms followed the u-declension, while in Eastern Armenian the plural forms follow the i-declension:
Gen.pl WA karineru/EA /in?'?i/
Like some other languages such as English, Armenian has definite and indefinite articles. The indefinite article in Eastern Armenian is /mi/, which precedes the noun:
mi ?i?k? ('a book', Nom.sg), /mi k?i/ ('of a book', Gen.sg)
The definite article is a suffix attached to the noun, and is one of two forms, either /-?/ or /-n/, depending on whether the final sound is a vowel or a consonant, and whether a following word begins with a vowel or consonant:
/md?/ ('the man', Nom.sg)
/in/ ('the barley' Nom.sg)
/s? mdn ?/ ('This is the man')
/s? in ?/ ('This is the barley')
Adjectives in Armenian do not decline for case or number, and precede the noun:
/l?v ?i?k ('the good book', Nom.sg)
/l?v k?i ('of the good book', Gen.sg)
Verbs in Armenian are based on two basic series of forms, a "present" form and an "imperfect" form. From this, all other tenses and moods are formed with various particles and constructions. There is a third form, the preterite, which in Armenian is tense in its own right, and takes no other particles or constructions. (See also Armenian verbs and Eastern Armenian verb table for more detailed information.)
The present tense in Eastern Armenian is based on two conjugations (a, e). In Eastern Armenian, the distinct conjugations in e and i merged as e.
|/du/ (you. sg)||/?s/||/si??s/||/kd?s/|
The present tense (as we know it in English) is made by adding the present tense of linel after the present participle form of the verb:
j?s kdum ?m ?i?k/ (I am reading the book)
j?s si?um ?m ?jd ?i?k/ (I love that book)
Eastern Armenian Online Dictionaries