Khvarshi

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Atl’ilqo, Khvarsh, Khvarshin, Xvarshi, Xvarshik
Population

1,740 (2010 census). 1,000 Inxokvari speakers (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 1,870 (2002 census).

Location

Dagestan Republic: Tsumadinsky district, Khvarshi, Inkhokvari, Santlada, Kvantlada, and Khonokh villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Xvarshi proper, Inxokvari (Inkhokvari).

Language Use

50%–60% of children speak Khvarshi. Positive attitudes. Also use Avar [ava], Russian [rus].

Language Development
Dictionary.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional territory and way of life. Sometimes Xvarshi and Inxokvari are treated as two separate languages. Muslim.

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