[lg policy] Dagestan and its languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Apr 23 21:35:52 UTC 2013


All,

In a posting yesterday I made the mistake of referring to speakers of
"Dagestani" which was supposedly spoken by less than 10% of the population
of Dagestan.  In fact, as far as I can see, there is no language known as
"Dagestani" and I apologize for misstating the linguistic situation there.
After looking at various maps and lists of the peoples of Dagestan, I have
concluded that the most numerous group there speak a language called Avar.
I had assumed that because there was an Autonomous Republic known as
Chechnya in which people spoke Chechen, that there was also a language
known as "Dagestani" spoken in Dagestan.

I guess this is par for the course in dealing with the linguistic
complexity of the Caucasus!  I apologize for the error.

HS

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