Countries and areas where an Iranian language has official status or is spoken by a majority
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Historical Iranian languages are grouped in three stages: Old Iranian (until 400 BC), Middle Iranian (400 BC – 900 AD) and New Iranian (since 900 AD). Of the Old Iranian languages, the better understood and recorded ones are
As of 2008, there were an estimated 150–200 million native speakers of Iranian languages.
This use of the term for the Iranian language family was introduced in 1836 by
The Iranian languages are divided into the following branches: