Khinalug (каьтш мицІ)

Khinalug is a Northeast Caucasian language spoken in the villages of Khinalug (Xınalıq / Kətş) and Gülüstan in the Quba Rayon mountains of northern Azerbaijan. In 2007 there were about 1,000 Khinalug speakers. It is not closely related to any other langugage as it forms its own branch of the Northeast Caucasian language family.

Khinalug is also written Khinalig, Xinalug(h) or Khinalugh. There are a number of ways to write it with the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets. In the late 20th century the poet Rahim Alxas adapted the Lezgian Cyrillic alphabet to write Khinalug, and published books of poety and some school textbooks. A team at Moscow University devised a way to write Khinlug based on the Latin alphabet for Azeri in 2007.

Cyrillic alphabet for Khinalug

Cyrillic alphabet for Khinalug

Latin alphabet for Khinalug (2007)

Latin alphabet for Khinalug (2007)


Another Latin alphabet for Khinalug

Another Latin alphabet for Khinalug

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Sample text in Khinalug

Каьтиш-миси сомаь/свамаь. Даь сва Азарбайджан Республикаь Кхунакхенд райнур йарлашмышкъижмаь (аттажмаь). Са Каьтиш/Каьтш свор даьнаь ахала/ахӀала йашамышквармаь. Каьтиш ахӀалы хӀинаь джыьраь мицӀ аттидамаь. Азырә йоз па̃ни къан йикӀи уьста мамар Каьтиш пшва пани ункӀыкъани кӀу цӀва аттижшаьмаь. СаьӀаьлаьтир Каьтиш пани кӀынакъан йикӀ цӀва йикӀи пан джанашкилли аттыдурмаь. Вацни хъаьдмийни Каьтиш фаткквуйаь (йахйаь) джуьраь райондурур йашамышккуису пхидурмаь. Каьтш сва чинаь мәдә гус даьрйа хӀакъилли (даьрйа хӀәкъалли) кӀу азырә пшва пан маьтраь (маьтрий) хӀуьндуьр джигаь йаьрлаьшмышкъижмаь.


Khinalug is a small village. This village is located in the Republic of Azerbaijan in the area of ​​Konahkendskom. Khinalug people live in this small village. Khinalug people have a separate special language. In 1927, there were three hundred eighty-two Khinalug houses with seven hundred souls. The rest of the people left Khinalug to went to other areas to live. The village Khinalug is located on a hill at an altitude of two thousand three hundred meters above sea level.

Source: Desheriyev, Yu. D. 1959. Пешериев Ю. П. Грамматика хиналугского языка. Москва: Издательство Академии Наук СССР. (Desheriyev, Yu. D. 1959. Pesher P. Grammar of the Khinalug language. Moscow: Publishing House of the Academey of Sciences of the USSR).

Sample text supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl, and transcribed and translated by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Information about Khinalug language and peopleХиналугский язык

Northeast Caucasian languages

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

Languages written with the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.

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