Abaza

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Abazin, Abazintsy, Ashuwa
Population

37,800 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Population total all countries: 47,880.

Location

Karachay-Cherkessia Province. Also in Germany, Turkey.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Ashkaraua (Ashkar, Ashxar), Bezshagh, Tapanta. Some dialects partially intelligible of Abkhaz [abk].

Typology

SOV; ergative-absolutive agreement on the verb

Language Use

More vigorous in the Russian Federation than Turkey. L1 for about 95%. Most also use Russian [rus].

Language Development
Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing
Cyrillic script. Latin script, used in Turkey.
Other Comments

Muslim.

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