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Udi (удин муз / udin muz)

Udi is a member of the Lezgian (southern) branch of the Northeast Caucasian languages. It is spoken by about 8,000 people in parts of Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia and Armenia, with the majority of speakers in the Azerbaijani village of Nij in the Qabala district. There are also quite a few Udi speakers in villages in Tavush Province in northeastern Armenia.

Documentation of Udi started in the mid-19th century, and an Udi Grammar, by Anton Antonovich Schiffner, was published in 1863. An Udi translation of part of the Bible was published in 1902, and a small number of publications in Udi have appeared since then.

Since 1992 Udi has been taught in primary schools in Nij. Initially the Cyrillic alphabet was used, but towards the end of the 1990s a way of writing Udi with the Latin alphabet was devised.

Cyrillic alphabet for Udi (2013 version)

Udi Cyrillic alphabet and pronunciation (2013 version)

Latin alphabet for Udi (2007 version)

Latin alphabet for Udi (2007 version)

Latin alphabet for Udi (1990s version)

Latin alphabet for Udi (1990s version)

Sample text

Latin alphabet (2007)

Sa pasç’ağen sa pasç’ağax ç’axpi. Yesirreaq’sa enesça iç ölkina iç k’ua enefsa şet’a pasç’ağluğaxal zaft’ebsa. Q’a usenaxo yesir pasç’ağen xoiŝnebsa me pasç’ağax te vatanbez ixbaft’e, barta bez ölkinax tağa furuk’az.

Cyrillic alphabet (2013)

Са пасч'агъэн са пасч'агъаx ч'аxпи. Есиррэакъса энэсча ич оьлкина ич к'уа энэфса шэт'а пасч'агълугъаxал зафт'эбса. Къа усэнаxо yэсир пасч'агъэн xоишънэбса mэ пасч'агъаx тэ ватанбэз иxбафт'э, барта бэз оьлкинаx тагъа фурук'аз.

Source: http://wschulze.userweb.mwn.de/sampletxt.htm

Translation

A king caught a king, imprisoned him and carried him to his own land, keeping in his own house. He ruled over that kingdom, too. After 20 years, the imprisoned king asked this king: I'm thinking of my homeland, allow me to go to my land and I will examine it.

Details of the Udi alphabets, pronunciation and sample texts provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Links

Information about the Udi language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udi_language
http://az.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udi_dili
http://titus.fkidg1.uni-frankfurt.de/didact/caucasus/nekklaut.htm#XFN10
http://titus.fkidg1.uni-frankfurt.de/ecling/ecling03.htm
http://wschulze.userweb.mwn.de/udinhalt.htm

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