Chuvash language

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Чӑвашла, Čăvašla
Pronunciation [tɕəʋaʂˈla]
Native to Russia
Region Chuvashia and adjacent areas
Ethnicity Chuvash
Native speakers 1.1 million  (2010 census)e18
Language family
Early forms:
  • Chuvash
Writing system Cyrillic
Official status
Official language in


Language codes
ISO 639-1 cv
ISO 639-2 chv
ISO 639-3 chv

Chuvash ([Чӑвашла, Čăvašla] error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup (help); IPA: [tɕəʋaʂˈla])[1] is a Turkic language. It is spoken in Chuvashia, a part of central Russia. It is the only language from the Oghur branch of the Turkic languages that is still spoken today. Though many Turkic languages can be understood by different speakers, Chuvash is quite different.

Chuvash is written using the Cyrillic script. Its alphabet has all of the letters of the Russian alphabet and adds four letters of its own: Ӑ, Ӗ, Ҫ and Ӳ.

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  1. also known as Chăvash, Chuwash, Chovash, Chavash, Çuvaş or Çuaş

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