Tsakhur

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A language of Azerbaijan

Alternate Names
C’aiχna miz, Caxur, Sakhur, Saxur dili, Ts’axna miz, Tsakhna Miz, Tsakhury, Tsaxur, Yıqbışda miz, Yedna Miz, Yikbi, Yiksum, Yiqny Miz, Yiqsum, cʼäxna miz
Autonym
Ts‘əxna miz
Population

11,700 in Azerbaijan (2011 UNSD). Ethnic population: 30,000 (2017). Total users in all countries: 22,300.

Location

Qax and Zaqatala districts. 22 villages.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Provincially recognized language in Zaqatala and Qax districts.

Dialects

Muslax, Mishlesh, Cinix, Kalyal Muxax, Suvagil, Subunchi.

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Most children are speakers (Salminen 2007). Most also use North Azerbaijani [azj] (Sackett 2017). Many also use Russian [rus] (Sackett 2017).

Language Development

Studied as a subject in some local schools (Sackett 2017). Literature. Newspapers. Videos. Bible portions: 2003–2012.

Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl], used in Russia. Latin script [Latn], used in Azerbaijan.

Other Comments

Muslim.

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