Ingush is part of the small family of Nakh-Daghestanian or Northeast Caucasian languages spoken by about 230,000 people in Ingushetia and Uzbekistan. The Ingush call themselves Ghalghaaj and their language Ghalghaai Mott. The name Ingush comes from the village of Angusht where the Russians first encoutered Ingush speakers.
Ingush was originally written with a version of the Arabic alphabet. Between 1923 and 1937 it was written with the Latin alphabet. The Cyrillic alphabet was adopted in 1938, and a new version of the Latin alphabet was adopted in 1992.
The letters in blue are only used in Russian loanwords and names.
Source: Определитель языков мира по письменностям. Академия наук СССР. Москва – 1965.
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Information about Ingush, dictionary, phrases, songs, etc (in Russian)
Ingush transliteration system
Republic of Ingushetia (in Russian)
The Ingush Language / Ghalghaai mott, by Johanna Nichols of the University of California, Berkeley: http://ingush.berkeley.edu:7012/
News from Ingushetia (in Russian and English)
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