18,000 in Azerbaijan (1989 census). Population total all countries: 28,010. Ethnic population: 22,000 in Azerbaijan (1990 A. Kibrik).
Widespread in mountains near Qonaqkend; Kuba, Davichi, Sizan, Vartashen, Baku cities; Apsheron peninsula: Balakhan, Surakhan; Lakhij, Matrasa, Konakhkend, Afruja, Chichi, Dagkushu, and Genvab villages. Also in Iran, Russian Federation.
7 (Shifting). De facto language of provincial identity in Quba, Shabran, Siazan.
Rapidly shifting to Azerbaijani (2007). Community. Few children. Positive attitudes. Lahyj use Northern Azerbaijani [azj] as literary language.
Different from Takestani [tks] of Iran. Muslim (Shi’a).