Erzya

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Erza-Mordvin, Erzia, Erzya Mordva, Erzya Mordvin, Mordvin, Mordvin-Erzya
Population

36,700 in Russian Federation (2010 census). Ethnic population: 57,000 (2010 census). Total users in all countries: 114,830.

Location

Penzenskaya Oblast’, Orenburgskaya Oblast’, Samarskaya Oblast’,Ul’yanovskaya Oblast’, and Saratovskaya Oblast’.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Quite different from Moksha [mdf].

Language Use

Many children learn the language but most of them use it only with elderly relatives. Vitality higher in Eastern diaspora areas than in the Republic (Salminen 2007). Also use Russian [rus].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1827–2006.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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