A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Karanogai, Kubanogai, Nogaitsy, Nogalar, Nogay, Noghai, Noghay, Noghaylar

87,100 in Russian Federation (2010 census), decreasing. Population total all countries: 87,410. Ethnic population: 90,700 (2002 census).


Northern Caucasus, Karachay-Cherkessia Republic; Dagestan Republic, Nogay, Tarumovka, Kizlyar, and Babayurt districts; Chechnya Republic, Shelkovskaya district; Stavropol District, Neftekumsk, Mineral’nyye Vody, and Kochubeyevskoye counties. Also in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Black Nogai (Kara), Central Nogai, White Nogai (Kuba). Slight dialect differences.

Language Use

Home, community. All ages, but many children shift to other languages at school age (2007). Positive attitudes. Most fluent in Karachai [krc] and or Russian [rus].

Language Development
Most read and write Russian [rus]. Taught in primary and secondary schools. NT: 2011.
Cyrillic script.
Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni).