Talysh

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A language of Azerbaijan

Alternate Names
Talesh, Talish, Talyshi
Population

800,000 in Azerbaijan (1996). Population total all countries: 915,400.

Location

Caspian coast south of Viliazh-Chai River. May be in Central Asia and Siberia. Also in Iran, Russian Federation.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). De facto language of provincial identity in Astara, Lankaran, Lerik, Masally districts.

Dialects

Astara, Lenkoran, Lerik, Massali. Northern Talyshi in Azerbaijan and Iran. Dialects in Azerbaijan are similar. Dialects in Iran may be separate languages. Similar to Harzani [hrz].

Language Use

Also use Northern Azerbaijani [azj].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Newspapers. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing
Arabic script. Cyrillic script.
Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni), Muslim (Shi’a).

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