Dargwa

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Dargi, Dargin, Dargintsy, Khiurkilinskii, Uslar
Population

486,000 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Population total all countries: 492,490. Ethnic population: 589,000 (2010 census).

Location

Southern Dagestan Republic.

Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

Akusha (Akkhusha, Urakha-Akhush, Urkarax), Chirag, Cudaxar (Tsudakhar), Dejbuk, Itsari, Kajtak (Kaitak, Kaytak, Xajdak), Kubachi (Kubachin, Kubachintsy, Ughbug), Muirin, Sirxin, Uraxa-Axusha, Xarbuk. Kaytak, Kubachin, Itsari, and Chirag may be separate languages from Dargwa.

Language Use

98% are L1 speakers. Also use Russian [rus].

Language Development
Taught in secondary schools. Magazines. Newspapers. Bible portions: 1996–2010.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Muslim (Sunni), Muslim (Shi’a).