Andi is member of the Avar-Andic branch of the Northeast Caucasian language family. It is spoken in the Botlikhsky district of the republic of Dagestan in the Russian Federation. In 2010 there were about 5,800 speakers of Andi, which is also known as Andii, Andiy, Khivannal, Qandisel or Qwannab.
The Andis (khivannal) live mainly in nine villages: Andi, Gunha, Gagatl, Rikvani, Chakhno, Zilo, Munib and Kvanhidatl, in the mountains of northwestern Dagestan.
Andi is rarely written and Andi speakers generally write in Avar or Russian. Two issues of a newspaper in Andi were published in the 1990s, and the first book in Andi, a translation of the Gospel of Luke, was published in 2015. A primer in Andi was published in 2018 using the alphabet below.
Information provided by Wolfram Siegel
Source: Иса Авараги игьир. The Birth of Jesus Christ in Andi language. Moscow 2000.
Supplied by Wolfgang Kuhl
Translation supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum
Information about Andi language and people
Aghul, Akhvakh, Andi, Archi, Avar, Bagvalal, Batsbi, Bezhta, Botlikh, Budukh, Caucasian Albanian, Chamalal, Chechen, Dargwa, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, Karata, Khinalug, Khwarshi, Kryts, Kubachi, Lak, Lezgian, Rutul, Tabassaran, Tindi, Tsakhur, Tsez, Udi
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