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Lak (Лакку маз)

Lak belongs to the Nachsko-Daghestan branch of North Caucasian languages and is spoken by about 100,000 speakers mainly in the Russian republic of Dagestan. There are also speakers of Lak in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Lak is closely related to Dargwa.

Lak was written with the Arabic alphabet 1928, when the Latin alphabet was adopted. Since 1938 a version of the Cyrillic alphabet has been used to write Lak. The Georgian alphabet is also used to write Lak.

Arabic alphabet for Lak

Arabic alphabet for Lak

Latin alphabet for Lak

Latin alphabet for Lak

Lak Cyrillic alphabet and pronunciation

Lak Cyrillic alphabet and pronunciation

Georgian alphabet for Lak

Georgian alphabet for Lak

Download alphabet charts for Lak

Sample text in Lak

Sample text in Lak

ЦулчӀа хъинну ккашилну бивкӀун бур. Ав бансса зад дириллай къадиркӀун дур. Га неххайн лавгун бур. ЦулчӀа, гьархъалттил ухчанттилу бивкӀумунил дурну, багьну бур. МикӀ гъагъан увксса гьарайзу Аьли, га бакӀрайн багьну, хъинну ххари хьуну ур. ЦулкӀлул лу пар-пар тӀий хъахъисса, кӀукӀлусса бивкӀун бур. «Вания ттула рахӀулул дарвач банна», — куну бур Аьлил. Ганал га, магъ дургьуну гьаз бувну, гьарахъалттил ппалав бувтун бур, цувамагу гьанзулттуйн микӀ гъагъан лавгун ур. Зана хьуну учӀайхту, Аьли ппалав левчуну ур. Ххал барча, цулчӀа бакъа. Га махӀаттал хьуну ур, хъап-шап тӀий майданнив увккун ур. Ургарча, цала хъун ажаригу бакъа. ЦулкӀлул хӀилла Аьлин дахьа гикку дурчӀуну дур.

Source: Определитель языков мира по письменностям. Академия наук СССР. Москва – 1965.

Information provided by Wolfram Siegel, Wolfgang Kuhl and Michael Peter Füstumum

Links

Information about the Lak language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=lbe
http://www.evertype.com/alphabets
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lasische_Sprache
http://www.eki.ee/knab/lat/kblkauk2

Лакский Дом/Lak House - information about the Lak people (in Russian and English)
http://www.lakia.net

Dagestanskaya pravda - Online newspaper in Lak
http://www.dagpravda.ru

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

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet


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