Lak

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Kazikumukhtsy, Laki
Population

L1 users: 146,000 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 179,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 154,800.

Location

Dagestan Republic.

Language Status

4 (Educational). Statutory language of provincial identity in Dagestan Autonomous Republic (1994, Article 10, Constitution).

Dialects

Kumux (Kumkh), Vicxin (Vitskhin), Ashtikulin, Balxar-Calakan (Balkar-Tsalakan), Vixlin (Vikhlin), Shali, Arakul, Shandi, Kayalin-Mashikin, Pervotsovkrin.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Taught in secondary schools as special subject. Literature. Newspapers. Periodicals. Radio. Videos. Bible portions: 1996–2007.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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