Dargwa

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Dargan Medz, Dargi, Dargin, Darginski, Dargintsy, Dargva, Khiurkilinskii, Uslar
Population

486,000 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Ethnic population: 589,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 496,110.

Location

Dagestan republic.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Provincially recognized language in Dagestan Autonomous Republic (1994, Constitution of Dagestan Autonomous Republic, Article 10).

Dialects

Cudaxar (Tsudakhar), Akusha (Akkhusha, Aqusha-Urakhi, Urakha-Akhush, Uraxa-Axusha, Urkarax), Kaitag (Kaitak, Kajtak, Kaytak, Sanchi, Xajdak), Kubachi (Kubachi-Ashty, Kubachin, Kubachintsy, Ughbug), Muirin (Muira), Sirxin (Sirhwa, Tanty), Itsari (Sanji-Icari), Chirag, Gapshima, Megeb, Amuzgi-Shiri, Amuq (Qunqi Xuduc), Mugi. Chirag, Kaitag, Kubachi, Gapshima, Megeb, Muirin, and Tsudakhar may be separate languages from Dargwa.

Language Use

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

Language Development
Taught in secondary schools. Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Bible portions: 2002–2013.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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