Kabardian

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Beslenei, East Circassian, Kabard, Kabardino-Cherkes, Kabardo-Cherkess, Upper Circassian
Population

516,000 in Russian Federation (2010 census). 36,700 monolinguals (2002 census). Population total all countries: 1,628,500. Ethnic population: 520,000.

Location

Kabardino-Balkaria Republic and Karachay-Cherkessia Province. Also in Germany, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, United States.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Baksan, Beslenei (Beslenej), Cherkes, Greater Kabardian, Kuban, Lesser Kabardian, Malka, Mozdok. Similar to Adygey [ady].

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1993–2007.
Writing
Cyrillic script.
Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni).

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