Erzya

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Erzia, Mordvin, Mordvin-Erzya
Population

431,700 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Census includes Moksha [mdf]. Population total all countries: 514,330. Ethnic population: 843,350 Mordvin in Russia.

Location

North and east Mordovia Republic; Nizhny Novgorod, Ulynovsk, Penza, Samara provinces; Orenburg Province, Buguruslan; Chuvashia, Tartastan, and Bashkortostan republics. Also in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Quite different from Moksha [mdf].

Language Use

Many children learn the language but most of them use it only with elderly relatives. Vitality higher in Eastern diaspora areas than in the Republic (2007). Quite acculturated to national culture and Russian [rus].

Language Development
NT: 1827–2006.
Writing
Cyrillic script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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