About the Armenian Language
Armenian is the official language of Armenia and of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that lies between Armenia and Azerbaijan. There are also native speakers scattered throughout Turkey, Russia and the rest of the world. Armenian is one of the oldest extant languages on the planet, predating 400 B.C. It is also one of the most unique of living Indo-European languages, having its own language family. The writing system used for Armenian is also unique. It was first used in the 5th-Century A.D. by Bible translator Mesrop Mashtots. It originally had 36 letters, but currently has 39.
Armenian consists of a chain of dialects and sub-dialects rather than being uniform or falling into a neat, simple dialect breakdown. Nonetheless, there are two main “dialect blocks” and two official standard forms of the language, called Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian. Most of the western dialects were wiped out by the Turkish genocide of the early 1900s, but some still persist. They are characterized by pronunciation distinctions that mimic nearby Arabic and Turkish. All the translators, transcriptionists and interpreters at Multilingual Connections are well versed in the different Armenian dialects and can work within whichever dialect the project requires.