Moksha

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Mokshan, Mordoff, Mordov, Mordvin-Moksha
Population

2,030 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 4,770 (2010 census).

Location

Mordoviya Republic, Nizhegorodskaya Oblast’, and Penzenskaya Oblast’.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Very different from Erzya [myv].

Language Use

The Tengushen are Erzya ethnically, but speak Moksha. Many children learn the language but usually only use it with elderly relatives (Salminen 2007). Also use Russian [rus].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1879–2009.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

There are Moksha villages where people speak hardly any other language except Moksha. Christian.