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A language of Russia (Europe)

ISO 639-3: lez

Population 257,000 in Russia (1996). Population total all countries: 451,112.
Region Southern Dagestan ASSR, the western Caspian Sea coast, central Caucasus. Also spoken in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey (Asia), Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
Alternate names   Lezgian, Lezghi, Lezgin, Kiurinsty
Dialects Kiuri, Akhty, Kuba, Gjunej, Garkin, Anyx, Stal. Some dialects are reported to not be inherently intelligible with others. Kuba is considerably different from the standard dialect.
Classification North Caucasian, East Caucasian, Lezgic, Nuclear Lezgic, East Lezgic
Language development Cyrillic script. Grammar. Bible portions: 1990–1996.
Comments Mountain slope. Agriculturalists. Muslim (Sunni and Shi'a).

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Language name   Lezgi
Population 171,400 in Azerbaijan (1996).
Region Near the northeastern border with Russia and on the southern slopes of the main Caucasus chain.
Alternate names   Lezgian, Lezghi, Lezgin, Kiurinty
Dialects Quba.
Language use Speakers also use Azerbaijani.
Comments Muslim.