Bezhta

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Bazht’, Bazht’al, Bechitin, Bexita, Bezheta, Bezhita, Bezhituri, Bezht’alas mits, Bezhti, Kapuch, Kapucha, Kapuchin, Kapuchin-Gunzib, Kapuchuri, Khvanal, Kiburabi, Kupuca
Population

6,100 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 9,000 (2014 NCRP). Total users in all countries: 6,800.

Location

Dagestan Republic: Tsuntinsky district, Bezhta, Tlyadal, and Khasharkhota villages; Babayurt district, Kachalai and Kara-Usek.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Dagestan Autonomous Republic (Constitution, Article 10).

Dialects

Bezhta proper, Tlyadaly, Khocharkhotin.

Language Use

All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Russian [rus]. Also use Avar [ava], as a literary language. Used as L2 by Hunzib [huz].

Language Development
Russian [rus] used for education. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1999–2005.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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