Abaza (абаза бызшва)
Abaza is a North West Caucasian language spoken by about 45,000 people in
the Russian autonomous republics of Karachay-Cherkessia and Adygea, and also
in Germany, Turkey and the USA. It is fairly closely related to
Abkhaz and is intelligible with it to some extent.
Like other Caucasian languages, Abaza has a large number of consonants
(63) and few vowels. As a result, it is considered by linguists to be one
of the most difficult Caucasian languages to learn
Between 1932 and 1938 Abaza was written with the Latin alphabet. Since
1938 however, it has been written with the version of the Cyrillic alphabet
shown below. In Turkey it is still written with the Latin alphabet.
Abaza alphabet and pronunciation
Sample text in Abaza
Source: Определитель языков мира по письменностям. Академия наук СССР. Москва – 1965.
Sample text supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl
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Information about the Abaza language and people
Northwest Caucasian languages
Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet