Judging from flash interviews with Turkmens in Iraq, I think this is correct.Iraqi Turkmen speak
thea Turkish language almost identicalvery similar to Turkish of Turkey, although they have more influence from Arabic.
I am told that the Turkmen in Iraq and Iran speak more like Turkish than like in Turkmenistan despite their name. Geographically they are closer to Turkey.
So is it like Turkish?
Article Three of the "Declaration of Principles" clarifies how the Iraqi Turkomans perceive their linguistic kinships among the Oghuz Turks: "The official written language of the Turkmans is Istanbul Turkish, and its alphabet is the new Latin alphabet."
Yes Nikola, the Turkmen language in Iraq and Turkish are "the same" language. The Turkish language in Iraq is called as Turkmen because of "political reasons." It would be like saying that the Irish speak "Englishmen" which is a similar language to English or that the Americans speak "American" which is a similar language to English. On the other hand, the Zazaki language -the language of the Zaza people- is classified as Kurdish again for political reasons. So the number of total Zazaki speakers is added to the number of people who speak Kurdish.
It is clear to everyone that Zaza people are Kurdish.
Then why are they called "Zaza"? Why do they speak a language which called "zazaki" which is clearly different than Kurdish? There is not even a good mutual intelligibility between Zaza and Kurdish. So it is not clear to everyone that the Zaza people are Kurdish. I'd be glad to know more if you provide me with some links though. Saying that Zazas are Kurdish is like saying that Catalans are Spanish. (Even if both Catalan and Spanish are Neo Latin)It is clear to everyone that Zaza people are Kurdish.
You may read this link thoughOr even wikipedia has to say:Likewise, the Zazas are not Kurds, but ethnically distinct, related to the Kizilba§. Kurdish nationalists generally regard the Kizilba§ and Zazas as part of the Kurdish nation. However, as has already been indicated above, they both may well have had a common ancestor,
So not all Iranian languages spoken in Turkey and Iraq are Kurdish.Zazaki is an Iranic language in the Indo-European family. From the point of view of the spoken language, its closest relatives are Mazandarani, Hewrami, Gilaki and other Caspian languages. However, the classification of Zazaki has been an issue of political discussion. Kurdish nationalist advocate that Zazaki is a Kurdish (another Iranic Language) dialect