Buriat, Mongolia


A language of Mongolia

Alternate Names
Buriat-Mongolian, Burraad, Buryat, Mongolian Buriat, Northern Mongolian

42,500 (2016), decreasing.


Bulgan, Dornod, Hentiy, Hovsgol, Selenge, and Tov provinces: especially Russian Republic of Buryatia border area.

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Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


Khori, Aga, Barga. Buriat in Mongolia is a variety of Khori and differs considerably from Buriat [bxu] of China and the Russian Federation. Influenced by and mutually intelligible with standard (Halh) Mongolian [khk]. A member of macrolanguage Buriat [bua].

Language Use

Also use Halh Mongolian [khk], as literary language.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: High in Halh Mongolian [khk]. Literature. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2010.


Cyrillic script [Cyrl]. Latin script [Latn], used in 1930s. Mongolian script [Mong], used until 1917.

Other Comments

Some books in Buriat. Not a literary language in Mongolia. Traditional religion, Buddhist.

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