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Subject: Andi people, Khinalug language, Northeast Caucasian languages, Chirag language, Kajtak language
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Andi language

къIaваннаб мицци qwavannab micci[1]
Region Southern Dagestan
Ethnicity Andi
Native speakers
5,800  (2010 census)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ani
Glottolog andi1255[3]

Andi is a Northeast Caucasian language belonging to the Avar–Andic branch spoken by about 5,800 ethnic Andi (2010). There are four dialects, Munin, Rikvani, Kvanxidatl, and Gagatl, which appear quite divergent. Speakers generally use Avar or Russian as their literary language(s).[2]


  1. ^ Margus Kolga; Igor Tõnurist; Lembit Vaba; Jüri Viikberg (1993). "The Andis". The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire. 
  2. ^ a b Andi at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Andi". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

Further reading

  • Wixman, Ronald. The Peoples of the USSR: An Ethnographic Handbook. (Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, Inc, 1984) p. 11
  • Церцвадзе Ил. Андийский яз. Тб., 1965 (на груз. яз.);
  • Алексеев М. Е. Андийский язык // Языки мира. Кавказские языки. М., 1999.
  • [1]Этимология 1539 андийских слов в БД «StarLing database server» Сергея Старостина]

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