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A Grammar of Lezgian by Martin Haspelmath

By Martin Haspelmath

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G. jad 'water', stxajar 'brothers') and as ä after a consonant. There is only one Lezgian word where /ja/ occurs after a consonant: <ΛΥΙ»ΗΙ>Λ> dünja 'world' (this word is also unique in that it is the only non-Russian word where is used, omitted in the transliteration here). 4. Of the 45 Lezgian letters, five () are only used in unassimilated Russian loanwords, which are always spelled as in Russian. g. 5. The present orthographic rules have been in force since 1962.

These are characteristic of the Samur dialect group. There is even one word in the standard language with such a consonant: maiw /macfew/, plural mac'war /ma'tfwar/ 'astragal', as well as the sound-symbolic words c'wärq' 'slap in the face', ö'wäq'räq' 'click' (Mejlanova 1964:387); —the voiced uvular stop /g/; —the voiced velar fricative /γ/; —the epiglottal fricatives Λ/ and /h/. The aspirated labialized alveolar affricate /tshw/ is part of the system but is extremely rare (Mejlanova 1970:40). It occurs at least in the Güne dialect form /rytshwer/ 'grass snakes' (standard rilcer /rytsher/).

The medium of instruction in the city schools is exclusively Russian, and the Daghestanian languages are not even taught as a subject. In Maxaikala, Russian is the dominating language outside of the home, and it is increasingly used even at home by the younger generation, not only in families with linguistically mixed marriages. The resurgence of national self-awareness in the wake of the liberation from the totalitarian regime in the late 1980s has recently created some new interest in the native languages (as well as Arabic), but it remains to be seen whether it will lead to a reversal of the pattern of slow decline of Lezgian.

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