A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Mansiy, Vogul, Vogulich, Voguly

L1 users: 940 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 12,300 (2010 census).


Khanty-Mansiyskiy Avtonomnyy Okrug and Sverdlovskaya Oblast’; between Ural and Ob rivers.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).


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. Few to half of the children learn Mansi. Eastern Mansi is used only by older adults. 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.

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Traditional religion.

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