Karachay-Balkar

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Balkarian, Balqar, Karacaylar, Karachai, Karachaitsy, Karachay, Karachayla
Population

305,000 in Russian Federation (2010 census). 192,000 Karachay, 108,000 Balkar (2002 census). Used by 97% of the ethnic population. Population total all countries: 310,730. Ethnic population: 303,000 (2002 census).

Location

South Karachay-Cherkessia Province and Kabardino-Balkaria Republic. Also in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, United States, Uzbekistan.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Balkar, Karachay-Baksan-Chegem.

Language Development
NT: 1994.
Writing
Cyrillic script.
Other Comments

Balkar and Karachay almost identical. Muslim (Sunni).