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Indigenous Minority Languages of Russia

Bagvalal: Bibliographical guide


About the Bagvalal language

There exist more than one variant of genetic classifications of the Caucasian languages. According to the most prominent one (Linguistic Ecnyclopedia. Moscow, 1990; Gudava I.E. Andic languages. In: Languages of the Peoples of the USSR. Vol IV. Moscow, 1967), Bagvalal belongs to the Andic branch of the Avar-Andic-Tsezic subgroup of the Nakh-Daghestan group (or the East Caucasus group) of the North Caucasian languages; within this group, Tindi and Chamalal are the languages closest to Bagvalal.

Where the speakers live

The Bagvalal speakers live in 2 districts of Daghestan: 1) in the Tsumada district, in the auls (settlemets) of Khuschtada, Tlondoda, Kvandada and Gemerso; 2) in the Axvax district, in the auls of Tlissi and Tlibisho.

In the 1950-1970s a considerable number of Bagvalals moved to the Khasavyurt, Kizliar and Nogai districts of Daghestan. Some Bagvalals live in Astrakhan.

TEACHING MATERIALS

There are no teaching materials available in Bagvalal.

BASIC DESCRIPTIVE STUDIES

Grammars
Dictionaries

BASIC SOCIOLINGUISTIC STUDIES


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