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Abkhaz-Adyghe Languages




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Abkhaz-Adyghe Languages

Explanation of terms

The so called Circassian language is divided into two language groups:
(a) W Circassian (or Adyghe) and
(b) E Circassian, whose literary language, Kabardian (or Kabardo-Cherkess), is spoken in both the Kabardo-Balkar ASSP (capital Nalchik) and the Karachay-Cherkess AO. E Circassians living outside the Kabardo-Balkar ASSR are known as Cherkess in the former USSR.

Area of distribution

The Kabardian Language (Kabardian-Cherkessian) is a recently written language of the Abkhaz-Adyghe group of the Iberian-Caucasian languages. It is spread in Kabardino-Balkarsk AR, Karachai-Cherkess and Adygeia Autonomous regions and Mozdok district. Kabardians live also in Turkey, Jordan and Libanon. There are more than 300 Kabardian speakers.

Dialect varieties

 Following  dialects are to be distinguished: Mozdok (in the Stavropol area), Baksan, Malka,  and significantly differed from them Besleney dialect (all three latter dialects from Great Kabardia).

The consonant system of Kabardian
The vowel system of Kabardian

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