Dido

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Cez, Didoi, Tsez, Tsezy, Tsuntin
Population

12,500 in Russian Federation (2012 UNSD). Ethnic population: 20,000 (2014 NCRP).

Location

Dagestan republic: Tsuntinsky district, several villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Sahada. Sahada most distinct. May be a separate language.

Language Use

Highland users have good language maintenance, those moving to the lowlands show attrition. Few domains. Some young people, all adults. More than half the children speak Dido. Positive attitudes. Also use Avar [ava], as a literary language. Used as L2 by Hinukh [gin].

Language Development

Taught in primary schools.

Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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