Khwarshi (акьилхъо)

Khwarshi is a member of the Tsezic branch of the Northeast Caucasian language family. It is spoken by about 8,500 people mainly in the south west of the Repubic of Dagestan in the south west Russian Federation, particulary in the villages of Khonokh (Хонох), Khvarshi (Хварши), Kvantlada (Квантлада), Inkhokvari (Инхоквари) and Santlada (Сантлада) in the Tsumadinsky District (Цумадинский район). Each village has its own dialect.

Khwarshi is also know as Khvarsh, Khvarshin, Xvarshi or Xvarshik. Khwarshi speakers call their language акьилхъо (atł’ilqo).

Khwarshi can be written with a version of the Cyrillic alphabet, although few people write it. Instead, Khwarshi speakers generally write in Avar or Russian.

Cyrilic alphabet for Khwarshi

Cyrilic alphabet for Khwarshi

Download alphabet charts for Khwarshi (Excel)

Information about the Khwarshi alphabet compiled by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)

Links

Information about the Khwarshi language and people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khwarshi_language
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/khv

A Grammar of Khwarshi (PDF)
http://www.lotpublications.nl/publish/articles/003836/bookpart.pdf

Northeast Caucasian languages

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

Languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet

Abaza, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Aghul, Akhvakh, Aleut, Altay, Alyutor, Andi, Archi, Assyrian / Neo-Assyrian, Avar, Azeri, Bagvalal, Balkar, Bashkir, Belarusian, Bezhta, Bosnian, Botlikh, Budukh, Bulgarian, Buryat, Chamalal, Chechen, Chelkan, Chukchi, Chulym, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Dargwa, Daur, Dolgan, Dungan, Enets, Erzya, Even, Evenki, Gagauz, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, Interslavic, Itelmen, Juhuri, Kabardian, Kaitag, Kalderash Romani, Kalmyk, Karaim, Karakalpak, Karata, Karelian, Kazakh, Ket, Khakas, Khanty, Khinalug, Khorasani Turkic, Khwarshi, Kildin Sámi, Komi, Koryak, Krymchak, Kryts, Kubachi, Kumandy, Kumyk, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Lak, Lezgi, Lingua Franca Nova, Ludic, Macedonian, Mansi, Mari, Moksha, Moldovan, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nanai, Negidal, Nenets, Nganasan, Nivkh, Nogai, Old Church Slavonic, Oroch, Orok, Ossetian, Pontic Greek, Romanian, Rushani, Russian, Rusyn, Rutul, Selkup, Serbian, Shor, Shughni, Siberian Tatar, Sirenik, Slovio, Soyot, Tabassaran, Tajik, Talysh, Tat, Tatar, Teleut, Ter Sámi, Tindi, Tofa, Tsakhur, Tsez, Turkmen, Tuvan, Ubykh, Udege, Udi, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Ulch, Urum, Uyghur, Uzbek, Veps, Votic, Wakhi, West Polesian, Xibe, Yaghnobi, Yakut, Yazghulami, Yukaghir (Northern / Tundra), Yukaghir (Southern / Kolyma), Yupik (Central Siberian)

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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