Chechen (Нохчийн мотт / Noxchiin mott / نوٓخچیین موٓتت)

Chechen is part of the small family of Nakh-Daghestanian or Northeast Caucasian languages spoken by about 950,000 people in Chechnya. There are also some Chechen speakers in Georgia, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The Chechens call themselves Noxchi and their language Noxchiin Mott. The name Chechen comes from the town of Cheechan where the Russians first encoutered Chechen speakers.

Chechen was originally written with a version of the Arabic alphabet. Between 1925 and 1938 it was written with the Latin alphabet. The Cyrillic alphabet was adopted in 1938, and was replaced by a new version of the Latin alphabet in 1992, but after the defeat of the secessionist government, the Cyrillic alphabet was restored.

Arabic alphabet for Chechen

Arabic alphabet for Chechen

Latin alphabet for Chechen (1925 version)

Latin alphabet for Chechen (1925 version)

Cyrilic alphabet for Chechen

Cyrilic alphabet for Chechen

Latin alphabet for Chechen (1992 version)

Latin alphabet for Chechen (1992 version)

Sample text in Chechen

Ламанах духдуьйлу шал шийла шовданш
Шиэн бекъачу кийрана Ӏаббалца ца молуш,
Ӏин кӀоргиэ буьйлш, мела муж муьйлуш,
Варшан йистиэ йолу маргӀал сийна буц
Шиэн оьздачу зоьрхана буззалца ца юуш,
Орцал лахабуьйлуш, сема ладуьйгӀш,
Иччархочун тоьпуо лацарна, кхоьруш,
Дехачу диэгана буткъага мотт хьоькхуш,
Мокхазан бердах куьрана га хьоькхуш,
Попан орамах торгӀала тӀа детташ,
Лергаш дуьхьал туьйсуш, кур аркъал туьйсуш,
Гу лекха буьйлуш, гӀелашка ва гӀергӀаш,
Масаниэ сай лиэла гӀелашца ва боцуш!
Вай биэн дац, ва кӀентий, аьлар ца хуьлуш?

Translation

From the depths of the mountains gush the ice-cold springs,
But he doesn't fill his lean stomach there.
Rather he descends to the depths of the ravine and drinks from a warm puddle.
The wooded slope is bordered by rising fresh blue grass,
But he doesn't fill his noble belly there.
Coming out below the wooded hills, he listens carefully,
Anxious to avoid the dreaded hunter's gun.
Licking his long body with his slender tongue,
Sharpening his branched antlers on the flinty shore,
Striking his spotted hind leg on the plane tree's root,
Pointing his ears forward, tossing his antlers onto his back,
Climbing high on the hill, bellowing to the does,
How many stags walk without their mates?
And are there not many lads besides us of whom the same is true?
-The Stag (Chechen folk song)

Information about Chechen | Chechen phrases | Chechen numbers | Tower of Babel in Chechen

Links

Information about the Chechen Language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chechen_language
http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Чеченский алфавит (in Russian)

Чеченский язык - Chechen language - Нохчийн мотт (dictionary, grammar, phrasebook, etc.): http://ingush.narod.ru/chech/

Chechen phrases
http://www.byki.com/category/Chechen/a/
http://www.unilang.org/wiki/index.php/Chechen_Phrases
http://wikitravel.org/en/Chechen_phrasebook

Northeast Caucasian languages

Aghul, Akhvakh, Andi, Archi, Avar, Bagvalal, Bats, Botlikh, Budukh, Caucasian Albanian, Chamalal, Chechen, Dargwa, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, Karata, Khinalug, Khwarshi, Kryts, Kubachi, Lak, Lezgian, Rutul, Tabassaran, Tindi, Tsakhur, Tsez, Udi

Other languages written with the: Arabic, Latin and Cyrillic alphabets


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