Soyot is a Turkic language spoken in the Oka area of the Republic of Buryatia in the east of Russia, and also in the Darkhad Valley in Khövsgöl Province of Mongolia. According to the 2010 Russian census, there are about 3,600 Soyot people, however very few of them speak Soyot: most speak Buryat and Russian. Soyot is closely related to Tofa and Uyghur.
A way to write Soyot using the Cyrillic alphabet was devised by Professor Valentin I. Rassadin (Валентин Рассадин) in 2001 at the request of the Government of the Republic of Buryatia. Since then a number of Soyot dictionaries and other books have been published, and the language in now taught in some schools in Buryatia.
Details of Soyot pronunciation provided by Michael Peter Füstumum
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