Khwarezmian (Chorasmian) language
Khwarezmian (Chorasmian) language and literature
Eastern Middle Iranian language formerly spoken in Khwarezm (Chorasmia). The Middle Khwarezmian script, based on Aramaic, is preserved on coins, pottery and silver vessels, wood and leather documents, and ossuaries (c. ad 200–700). After the Arab conquest, Late Khwarezmian was written in modified Arabic script, preserved in the calendrical and astronomical works of al-Biruni and lexical and legal works of other Khwarezmian scholars, all writing in Arabic (ad 1000–1354). Khwarezmian vocabulary includes many words from the Avesta, perhaps evidence of ancient ties between the region and the Zoroastrian scriptures; the language ultimately died out due to Turkification.