Tsakhur

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A language of Azerbaijan

Alternate Names
Caxur, Sakhur, Ts’axna Miz, Tsakhury, Tsaxur, Yedna Miz, Yikbi, Yiqny Miz
Autonym
Ts‘əxna miz‎ (Ts’axna Miz), цIаIхурский язык‎ (Ts’axurskii yazyk)
Population

11,700 (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

Most families still transmit it to children. 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. Grammar. Bible portions: 2003–2012.
Writing

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

Other Comments

Muslim.

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