L1 users: 42,600 (2010 census). Spoken by about 10% of the population of Khakasia (Salminen 2007). 1,500 monolinguals (2002 census). Ethnic population: 73,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 42,610.
Khakasiya Republic: north of Altai mountains; Krasnoyarskiy Kray, north; Kemerovskaya Oblast’; scattered throughout Russia.
5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in Khakassia Republic (1993, Constitution, Article 68(2)).
Sagai (Sagaj, Saghai), Kyzyl (Khyzyzl, Xyzyl), Koibal (Xoibal), Kamass (Kamassian), Kachin (Kaca, Khaas, Xaas), Shor, Beltir. Kamass dialect is extinct (Salminen 2007).
Struggle to maintain culture and language. In some rural areas children learn it, but in cities Russian [rus] is typically the only language (Salminen 2007). Home, community. All ages. Positive attitudes, but rural speakers want their children to learn the national language for economic advancement. Also use Russian [rus], especially at work, school, public transport, government, and for most written communication.
Cyrillic script [Cyrl].
Traditional religion, Christian.