Talysh

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A language of Azerbaijan

Alternate Names
Talesh, Talish, Talyshi
Population

68,700 in Azerbaijan (2011 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 184,100.

Location

Astara, Lankaran, and Lerik districts: Caspian coast south of Viliazh-Chai river.

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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. Reportedly similar to Harzani [hrz].

Language Use

Also use North Azerbaijani [azj].

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Newspapers. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Arabic script, Naskh variant [Arab]. Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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