Erzya

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Erzia, Mordvin, Mordvin-Erzya
Population

36,700 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Population total all countries: 119,330. Ethnic population: 57,000 (2010 census).

Location

Penzenskaya Oblast’, Orenburgskaya Oblast’, Samarskaya Oblast’,Ul’yanovskaya Oblast’, and Saratovskaya Oblast’.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 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 (Salminen 2007). Quite acculturated to national culture and Russian [rus].

Language Development
NT: 1827–2006.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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