A language of Azerbaijan

Alternate Names
Udin, Uti

3,800 (2011 UNSD). Total users in all countries: 6,180.


Oguz and Qabala districts: Mirzabeyli, Niç, and Oghuz.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in Qabala District.


Oghuz (Vartashen), Nidzh (Nic, Nij, Nizh), Oktomberi. Oktomberi dialect more divergent from Nic Udi than from Oghuz Udi. One of the most divergent Lezgian (Lezgic) languages.

Language Use

Home, community. Used by 30%–50% of children. Neutral attitudes. Udi not seen as prestigious as Russian [rus]. Also use Armenian [hye], Georgian [kat], Russian [rus].

Language Development
Discussing how their language can be saved. Taught in primary schools, through fourth grade. Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1902.

Cyrillic script [Cyrl].

Other Comments

Nic dialect is vigorous (6a). Oghuz dialect is moribund (8a), as only about 100 persons remain in Oghuz. Christian.

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