Mansi

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Mansiy, Vogul, Vogulich, Voguly
Population

940 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 12,300 (2010 census).

Location

Khanty-Mansi autonomous district; Sverdlovsk province; between Ural and Ob rivers.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Northern Vogul (Northern Mansi, Ob’, Sos’va, Sosyvin, Sygva, Upper Lozyvin), Western Vogul (Lower Lozyvin, Middle Lozyvin, Pelym, Vagily, Western Mansi), Eastern Vogul (Eastern Mansi, Kondin). Mostly Northern Vogul speakers; probably only a handful of elderly speakers of Eastern Vogul; Western Vogul is probably extinct; Southern Vogul was extinct before 1950 (Salminen 2007). Reportedly most similar to Hungarian [hun].

Language Use

Mansi spoken by 50% or less of the ethnic group; most shifted to Russian [rus]. Few domains. Some of all ages, but only within Northern Vogul. Mixed attitudes. Neutral to very positive attitudes. Also use Russian [rus].

Language Development

Russian [rus] used in schools. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Bible portions: 1868–2012.

Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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