Lezgi (лезги чӀал / lezgi čʼal)
Lezgi or Lezgian is part of the small family of Nakh-Daghestanian or Northeast
Caucasian languages spoken by about 400,000 people in southern part of Dagestan,
a republic of Russia, and northern Azerbaijan in the eastern Caucasus. There are
also speakers in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkey, Turkmenistan,
Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The main dialects are Kiuri, Akhty, Kuba, Gjunej, Garkin,
Anyx and Stal.
Lezgi was first written a version of the Arabic alphabet at the beginning
of the 20th century. The Latin alphabet was introduced in the 1920s and then
that in turn was replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet during the 1930s. Written
Lezgi is based on the Gjunej dialect.
Cyrilic alphabet for Lezgi
Sample text in Lezgi
Source: Определитель языков мира по письменностям. Академия наук СССР. Москва – 1965.
Sample text supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl
Information about Lezgi |
The Lezgi site - information about the Lezgian language and people
- information about the Lezgian language (in Russian)
Northeast Caucasian languages
Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet