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Lak (Лакку маз)

Lak belongs to the Nachsko-Daghestan branch of North Caucasian languages and is spoken by about 100,000 speakers mainly in the Russian republic of Dagestan. There are also speakers of Lak in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Lak is closely related to Dargwa.

Lak was written with the Arabic alphabet 1928, when the Latin alphabet was adopted. Since 1938 a version of the Cyrillic alphabet has been used to write Lak.

Lak alphabet and pronunciation

Lak alphabet and pronunciation

Notes

  • E = [e] after consonants
  • Letters in blue are only used in Russian names and loanwords

Information about the pronunciation of Lak compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample text in Lak

Sample text in Lak

Source: Определитель языков мира по письменностям. Академия наук СССР. Москва – 1965.

Sample text supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl

Links

Information about the Lak language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lak_language
http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=lbe

Лакский Дом/Lak House - information about the Lak people (in Russian and English)
http://www.lakia.net

Dagestanskaya pravda - Online newspaper in Lak
http://www.dagpravda.ru

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 Cyrillic alphabet


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