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The Importance of Language

Historical repression and persecution of our people in our fathers land has caused global displacement of the Assyrian nation into geographically scattered communities. For these communities, language and the Church have taken the place of homeland as the main preserver of their cultural and national identity. For thousands of years, our churches have admirably fulfilled the role of guardians of our national identity, and they continue to do so. However, they themselves have been the targets of attacks by external interests and in many cases assisted by treachery from within our own communities. This is evident from the church divisions that have taken place throughout history. The result of this is that over time, people began to identify themselves according to their church memberships, and the ultimate victim became their Assyrian identity.

Assyrians living in our fathers land and abroad are naturally assimilating with the general local populations, and although this is desirable, it is of utmost importance that we ensure that they will always remember and take pride in who they are. Because we are a stateless nation, we as individuals and organisations must contribute in whatever constructive way we can, and cooperate to preserve our national identity, language and culture. Failure to do so may prove to be catastrophic to our existence.

The relative freedom and reduced persecution of more recent times, together with advanced technology have presented an opportunity for ordinary people to contribute to their language and culture.  The Barutha Assyrian Language Centre has been established in this spirit as a non profit organisation dedicated to the advancement and enrichment of the Assyrian Language, and to contribute to the preservation of our cultural and national identity.

 

The Barutha Dictionary

As its first undertaking, the centre is currently reviewing the Barutha English-Assyrian dictionary expected to be published by end of June, 2008. The dictionary will provide translations from the English language to Classical Syriac with a section providing explanations to help the user to derive words in Modern Assyrian. Click on the image to the right to go to the Products page.

 

Our Gratitude

We wish to express our gratitude to the people and organisations that have helped us towards completing the work necessary to publish the Barutha Dictionary. Special thanks go to the following :

Mar Meelis Zaia (Bishop of the Assyrian Church of the East, Diocese of Australia and New Zealand) who voluntarily made available to us the premises and facilities of the Saint Hurmizd Assyrian Primary School which helped us formulate the strategy for publishing the dictionary, and commence the review process.

Mr. Sarkis Agajan whose considerable financial support has enabled us to employ the essential resources that we need to publish the dictionary in a practical time frame. Without this support, the process of reviewing and publishing the dictionary would have been slow if not impossible.

Nineveh Club for providing us with rent free space for a period of time, which we needed to maintain continuity of the review process while searching for long term accommodation.

Paul Nelson, George Kiraz and Sargon Hasso for initiating the addition of Syriac to The Unicode Standard which among other benefits, facilitated the interchangeability of fonts and exchange of documents.

 

Download Syriac Fonts

We have produced a number of fonts, a keyboard layout, installation and usage instructions for free download from the Downloads page on this site. Some of these fonts are based on fonts developed by Mr. Eshoo Marcus. We wish to thank Mr Marcus for giving us permission to enhance, use and distribute these fonts. Click on the image to the right to go to the Downloads page.

 

Let's Work Together

The centre is committed to providing free fonts and other language resources for the benefit of the Assyrian language and culture. We will continue to do so for as long as we can because we aim to enable the public to produce literature and other material in the Assyrian language.

You can help us with your financial support if you can.  Any amount you can afford will help propel us forward in this endeavor, and will be greatly appreciated. Please click on the image to the right to donate.

You can also help by submitting good quality articles that we can publish on this website for the education and motivation of our Assyrian people in particular, and non Assyrians in general about Assyrian related matters. Please click here for more information.

 

 

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