|Linguistic classification:||Northwest Caucasian|
Abazgi is the branch of the Northwest Caucasian languages that contains the Abaza and Abkhaz languages. It was once the preferred designation, but has now been replaced mainly by the two subdesignations.
The literary dialects of Abkhaz and Abaza are simply two ends of a dialect continuum. Grammatically, the two are very similar; however, the differences in phonology are substantial, and are the main reason why many other linguists prefer to keep the two separate. Most linguists (see for instance Chirikba 2003) believe that Ubykh is the closest relative of the Abazgi dialect continuum.
- Wixman, Ronald. The Peoples of the USSR. p. 2
- Chirikba, V. A. (2003) 'Abkhaz'. – Languages of the World/Materials 119. Muenchen: Lincom Europa.
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