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Indigenous Minority Languages of Russia

Tsez: Bibliographical guide


About the Tsez language

Tsez is a member of the North Caucasian linguistic family, Nakh-Daghestanian (East Caucasian) group, Tsezic (< Avar-Andic-Tsezic) subgroup.

Where the speakers live

Tsezs live in 46 villages in the Ts'unt'a district of the Republic of Daghestan. The biggest Tsez villages are as follows: Xut'roq (c. 600), Kidero (c. 500), Hupra (c. 400), Eshitl (c. 400), Nevo (c. 350), Tseboru (c. 300). Some Tsezs live also in plain districts of Daghestan - Mutsalaul village in Khasavjurt district, Komsomol'skoje village in Kiziljurt district, and Vyshetalovka village in Kizljar district. Total number of speakers, according to the recent estimations, is 14000 (7500 in mountains and 6500 on the plains; 1992). Lowland people do not loose contacts with their mountain relatives.

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