Bagvalal is member of the Avar-Andic branch of the Northeast
Caucasian languages spoken in Dagestan in the Russian
Federation by about 6,500 people. Bagvalal speakers, who
call themselves Багвал (Bagwal), live
along the right bank of the river Andi-Koisu and in the
surrounding hills near the border with Georgian.
Bagvalal is used mainly within families, while Avar is
used elsewhere. It contains many words borrowed
from Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Avar, and is rarely written.