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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

Cyrilic alphabet for Lezgi

Sample text in 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 | Lezgi numbers


The Lezgi site - information about the Lezgian language and people

Лезги ЧІал - information about the Lezgian language (in Russian)

Northeast Caucasian languages

Aghul, Akhvakh, Andi, Archi, Avar, Bagvalal, Bats, Botlikh, Budukh, Caucasian Albanian, Chamalal, Chechen, Dargwa, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, Karata, Khinalug, Khwarshi, Kryts, Kubachi, Lak, Lezgian, Rutul, Tabassaran, Tindi, Tsakhur, Tsez, Udi

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet

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