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Abaza

A language of Russian Federation (Europe)

ISO 639-3abq

Population  38,200 in Russian Federation (2002 census). Population total all countries: 48,280.
Region  Karachay-Cherkess Republic. Also in Germany, Turkey (Asia).
Language map  European Russia
Alternate names   Abazin, Abazintsy, Ashuwa
Dialects  Tapanta, Ashkaraua (Ashkar, Ashxar), Bezshagh. Some dialects partially intelligible with Abkhaz [abk].
Classification  North Caucasian, West Caucasian, Abkhaz-Abazin
Language use  More vigorous in the Russian Federation than Turkey. About 95% speak it as L1. Most also use Russian.
Language development  Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing system  Cyrillic script. Latin script, used in Turkey.
Comments  SOV; ergative-absolutive agreement on the verb. Muslim.

Also spoken in:

Turkey (Asia)

Language name   Abaza
Population  10,000 in Turkey (1995).
Alternate names  Abazin, Abazintsy, Ahuwa, Tapanta
Dialects  Tapanta, Ashkaraua (Ashkar), Bezshagh.
Language use  Also use Turkish [tur].
Comments  Muslim.