Akhvakh

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
’Aqwalazul, Ashvado, Axvax, Ghahvalal
Population

210 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Ethnic population: 7,930 (2010 census).

Location

Dagestan republic: Akhvakhsky district, 6 villages; Kakhib district, 3 villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Kaxib, Northern Akhvakh, Southern Akhvakh (Tlyanub, Tsegob). Diverse dialects.

Language Use

Home. Some young people, all adults, with many children speaking it (Salminen 2007). Positive attitudes. All also use Russian [rus], the language of education. Also use Avar [ava], as the literary language and for communication between different Akhvakh dialects.

Language Development

Russian [rus] is a language of education. Dictionary. Grammar.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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