Bezhta

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Bazht’, Bazht’al, Bechitin, Bexita, Bezheta, Bezhita, Bezhituri, Bezht’alas mits, Bezhti, Bezhtin, Kapuch, Kapucha, Kapuchin, Kapuchin-Gunzib, Kapuchuri, Khvanal, Kiburabi, Kupuca
Autonym
бежкьалас миц‎ (beƶⱡʼalas mic)
Population

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

Location

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

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Bezhta proper, Tlyadaly, Khocharkhotin.

Language Use

Used by all. 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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