Agul language


Agul language

language
name=Aghul
nativename=unicode|агъул чӀал
states=Russia, also spoken in Azerbaijan
region=Southern Dagestan
speakers=17,373 (1989 Census)
familycolor=Caucasian
fam1=Northeast Caucasian
fam2=Lezgic
iso2=agx|iso3=agx

Aghul, also called Agul, is a language spoken by the Aguls who live in southern Dagestan (a republic of Russia) and Azerbaijan.

Classification

Aghul belongs to the Lezgic group of the Northeast Caucasian (Dagestan) language family.

Geographic distribution

In 1989, Aghul was spoken by 17,373 people in Russia, mainly in Southern Dagestan, as well as 32 people in Azerbaijan.

Official status

Aghul is not an official language, and Lezgian is used as the literary language.

Related languages

There are ten languages in the Lezgian language family, namely: Aghul, Tabasaran, Rutul, Lezgian, Tsakhur, Budukh, Kryts, Khinalugh, Udi and Archi.

Grammar

Adjectives

Independent and predicative adjectives take number marker and class marker; also case if used as nominal. As attribute they are invariable. Thus "idžed" "good", ergative, "idžedi", etc. "-n, -s;" pl. "idžedar"; but "Idže insandi hhuč qini" "The good man killed the wolf" (subject in ergative).

Pronouns

Personal Pronouns

Bibliography

*Haspelmath, Martin. 1993. "A grammar of Lezgian". (Mouton grammar library; 9). Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter. – ISBN 3-11-013735-6
*Talibov, Bukar B. and Magomed M. Gadžiev. 1966. "Lezginsko-russkij slovar’". Moskva: Izd. Sovetskaja Ėnciklopedija.

External links

* [http://www.ethnologue.org/show_language.asp?code=lez Ethnologue report for Lezgi]
* [http://languageserver.uni-graz.at/ls/lang?id=3072 Languages of the World report]


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