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Rutul (мыхIабишды чIел)

Rutul is a member of the Lezgic group of Northeast Caucasian languages spoken by about 29,400 people in Dagestan in Russia, and by 110 people in parts of Azerbaijan. The language is named after the village in Dagestan where the majority of the speakers live. Other names for the language include Chal, Mukhad, Mykhanidy, Rutal, Rutultsy and Rutuly.

In 1990 a Cyrillic-based alphabet was developed for Rutul; a literary version of the language has been emerging since then, and parts of the bible have been translated into Rutul. Before then the language was not written. Rutul is taught in a number of primary schools in Dagestan.

Cyrilic alphabet for Rutul

Cyrilic alphabet for Rutul

Sample text in Rutul

Sample text in Rutul

Свадебная обрядовая песня – marriage ceremony song. Мухадский диалект – Mukhad dialect.

Source: Г.Х. Ибрагимов, Рутульский язык, Академия наук СССР, Москва – 1978.

Sample text supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl


Information about RutulРутульский_язык

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