Ossetic language. On line
Several years ago I met a young man from Belgium, Thierry, who was very interested in the language of Ossetes. He asked me questions, and I answered them. That was the way how the following texts appeared. Later the texts were used by other interested persons: from the U.S.A., Israel, France and other countries. To understand some facts you would better know some French, though it is not necessary. I wish you pleasent reading.
|Ossetic (Ирон æвзаг [Iron avzhag])|
|Spoken in:||Russia, Georgia, Turkey|
|Region:||North Ossetia, South Ossetia|
|Genetic classification:||Indo-European languages
|Official language of:||North Ossetia (federal subject of Russia)|
|See also: Language - List of languages|
The area in Russia is known as North Ossetia-Alania (capital: Vladikavkaz), while the area in Georgia is called South Ossetia (capital: Tskhinvali). Ossetian speakers number about 500,000, 60 percent of whom live in Alania, and 15 percent in South Ossetia.
Ossetian, together with Tati-Persian and Talyshi is one of the main Iranian languages with a sizeable community of speakers in the Caucasus. It is descended from the language of the Alans, a group within the nomadic Sarmatians. It is believed to be the only surviving descendent of a Sarmatian language.
There are two important dialects: Iron and Digor -- the former being the more widely spoken. Written Ossetian may be immediately recognized by its use of the æ, a letter to be found in no other language using the Cyrillic alphabet. A third dialect of Ossetic, Jassic, was formerly spoken in Hungary.
The literary form of the language has 35 phonemes -- 26 consonants, 7 vowels and 2 diphthongs.
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