Tat, Muslim

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A language of Azerbaijan

Alternate Names
Muslim Tat, Mussulman Tati, Tati
Population

18,000 in Azerbaijan (1989 census). Population total all countries: 28,010. Ethnic population: 22,000 (1990 A. Kibrik).

Location

Widespread in mountains near Qonaqkend; Kuba, Davichi, Sizan, Vartashen, Baku cities; Apsheron peninsula: Balakhan, Surakhan; Lakhij, Matrasa, Konakhkend, Afruja, Chichi, Dagkushu, and Genvab villages.

Language Status

7 (Shifting). De facto language of provincial identity in Quba, Shabran, Siazan.

Dialects

Absheron, Aruskush-Daqqushchu (Khyzy), Balakhani, Devechi, Lahyj, Malham, Qonaqkend, Quba, Qyzyl Qazma, Surakhani. Difficult intelligibility of Judeo-Tat [jdt]. Reportedly similar to Farsi [pes]. Balakhani are recent exiles from Iran. Lahyj dialect may be a separate language.

Language Use

Rapidly shifting to Azerbaijani (Salminen 2007). Community. Few children. Positive attitudes. Lahyj use Northern Azerbaijani [azj] as literary language.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl], not used in Iran. Latin script [Latn], official usage in Azerbaijan, not used in Iran.

Other Comments

Different from Takestani [tks] of Iran. Muslim (Shi’a).

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