A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Diba, Kök Mungak, Soyod, Soyon, Soyot, Tannu-Tuva, Tofa, Tokha, Tuba, Tuvan, Tuvia, Tuvin, Tuvinian, Tyva, Uriankhai, Uriankhai-Monchak, Uryankhai

254,000 in Russian Federation (2010 census), increasing. Population total all countries: 283,400. Ethnic population: 268,000 (2010 census).


Tyva Republic and Krasnoyarskiy Kray; southern Siberia near Mongolia border;.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). De facto language of provincial identity in Tuva Republic.


Central Tuvin, Northeastern Tuvin (Todzhin), Southeastern Tuvin, Tuba-Kizhi, Western Tuvin. Sharp dialect differences.

Language Use

One of most vital minority languages in Siberia due to geographic isolation. Home, work, government. All ages. Neutral attitudes. Also use Mongolian [khk] near the border. Also use Russian [rus] near the border.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 85% in Russian (2007 SIL). Taught in primary and secondary schools. Grammar. Bible: 2011.

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Until 1944 Tuva was an independent state. Buddhist (Lamaist), traditional religion.

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