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Chuvash (Чӑваш чӗлхи)

Chuvash is a Turkic language with about 2 million speakers in Russia. It is the official language of the Chuvash Republic, Чăваш Республики, which is also known as the Chuvashia, Чува́шия, and is also spoken in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan.

The first Chuvash grammar was published in 1769. A number of dictionaries, translations of religious texts and folkloric texts were published during the 18th and early 19th centuries. Chuvash has been written with a Runic script, the Arabic alphabet, and the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. The Cyrillic alphabet for Chuvash was first introduced in 1873 by Ivan Yakovlevich Yakovlev. Since then it has undergone a number of revisions, particularly in 1938. The Latin alphabet is sometimes used as well, though there is no standard, official version.

Chuvash alphabet (чӑваш алфавичӗ) - Cyrillic

Chuvash version of the Cyillic alphabet

Chuvash alphabet (Latin)

A Chuvash version of the Latin alphabet

Tower of Babel in Chuvash

Sample text in Chuvash

Sample text in Chuvash

Source: Определитель языков мира по письменностям. Академия наук СССР. Москва – 1965.

Sample text supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl


Information about the Chuvash language

Turkic languages

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet