Chuvash language

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Chuvash
Чӑвашла, Čăvašla
Pronunciation[tɕəʋaʂˈla]
Native toRussia
RegionChuvashia and adjacent areas
EthnicityChuvash
Native speakers
1.1 million (2010 census)[1]
Turkic
Early form
Cyrillic
Official status
Official language in
 Russia
Language codes
ISO 639-1cv
ISO 639-2chv
ISO 639-3chv
Glottologchuv1255[2]
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Chuvash (Чӑвашла, Čăvašla; IPA: [tɕəʋaʂˈla])[3] 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.

References[change | change source]

  1. Chuvash at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chuvash". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. also known as Chăvash, Chuwash, Chovash, Chavash, Çuvaş or Çuaş

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