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|МагӀарул мацӀ, Авар мацӀ
Maharul macʼ, Awar macʼ
|Native to||Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Turkey|
|Region||Republic of Dagestan|
|Native speakers||790,000 (2002 census)|
ava – Modern Avar
oav – Old Avar
|Linguist List||oav Old Avar|
The modern Avar language (self-designation магӀарул мацӀ maharul macʼ [maʕarul mat͡sʼ] "language of the mountains" or Авар мацI awar macʼ [awar mat͡sʼ] "Avar language") belongs to the Avar–Andic group of the Northeast Caucasian language family.
Geographic distribution 
It is spoken mainly in the western and southern parts of the Russian Caucasus republic of Dagestan, and the Balaken, Zaqatala regions of north-western Azerbaijan. Some Avars live in other regions of Russia. There are also small communities of speakers living in the Russian republics of Chechnya and Kalmykia; in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Jordan, and the Marmara Sea region of Turkey. It has more than 1,400,000 speakers worldwide.
Old Avar is attested from the 13th century. It was written in the Georgian script.
It is one of six literary languages of Dagestan, where it is spoken not only by the Avar, but also serves as the language of communication between different ethnic groups.
There are two main dialect groups: the northern, which includes Khunzakh, Kazbek, Gunib, Gumbet and others[which?]; and the southern, which includes Andalal, Gidatl', Antsukh, Charoda, Tlyarata, Tsumada, Tsunta and others[which?].
- Note that the source names a radical series ″pharyngeal″ indiscriminately in all the tables, also when it includes a plosive and thus clearly isn't a true pharyngeal.
Writing system 
The Avar language has been written since the 15th century, in the old Georgian alphabet. From the 17th century onwards it was written in an Arabic alphabet known as ajam, which is still known today. As part of Soviet language re-education policies in 1928 the Ajam was replaced by a Latin alphabet, which in 1938 was in turn replaced by the current Cyrillic script. Essentially, it is the Russian alphabet plus one additional letter called palochka (stick, Ӏ). As that letter cannot be typed with common keyboard layouts, it is often replaced with a capital Latin letter I, small Latin letter l or the digit 1.
|А а||Б б||В в||Г г||Гъ гъ||Гь гь||ГI гI||Д д|
|Е е||Ё ё||Ж ж||З з||И и||Й й||К к||Къ къ|
|Кь кь||КI кI||КIкI кIкI||Кк кк||Л л||М м||Н н||О о|
|П п||Р р||С с||Т т||ТI тI||У у||Ф ф||Х х|
|Хх хх||Хъ хъ||Хь хь||ХI хI||Ц ц||Цц цц||ЦI цI||ЦIцI цIцI|
|Ч ч||ЧI чI||ЧIчI чIчI||Ш ш||Щ щ||Ъ ъ||Ы ы||Ь ь|
|Э э||Ю ю||Я я|
/t͡ɬː/ and /ɬ/ are also written ЛI лI, Лъ лъ respectively.
The literary language is based on the болмацӀ (bolmacʼ) — bo = "army" or "country", and macʼ = "language" — the common language used between speakers of different dialects and languages. The bolmacʼ in turn was mainly derived from the dialect of Khunzakh, the capital and cultural centre of the Avar region, with some influence from the southern dialects. Nowadays the literary language is influencing the dialects, levelling out their differences.
The most famous figure of modern Avar literature is Rasul Gamzatov (died November 3, 2003), the People's Poet of Dagestan. Translations of his works into Russian have gained him a wide audience all over the former Soviet Union.
|How are you doing?||Щиб хӀal бугеб?||Şçib ha bugeb|
|How are you?||Иш кин бугеб?||İş kin bugeb?|
|What is your name?||Дуда цӀар щиб?||Duda tsar sçib?|
|How old are you?||Дур чан сон бугеб?||Dur çan son bugeb?|
|Where are you going?||Mун киве ина вугев?||Mun kive ina vugev?|
|Sorry!||ТӀаса лъугьа!||Tasa luga!|
|Where is the little boy going?||Киве гьитӀинав вас унев вугев?||Kive git inav vas unev vugev|
|The boy broke a bottle.||Васас шиша бекана.||Wasas şişa bekana..|
|They are building the road.||Гьез нух бале(гьабулеб) буго.||Ğez nuh bale(ğabuleb) bugo.|
See also 
- Ethnologue entry for Avar
- Consonant Systems of the North-East Caucasian Languages on TITUS DIDACTICA
- Omniglot on the Avar alphabet, language and pronunciation
|Avar language edition of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia|
- Entry for Avar at Rosetta Project[dead link]
- Avar course (in French)[dead link]
- RFE/RL North Caucasus Radio (also includes Chechen and Adyghe)