Tsezic languages

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Southwest Dagestan
Linguistic classification Northeast Caucasian
  • Tsezic
Glottolog tsez1239[1]

The Tsezic languages (also called Didoic languages) form one of the seven main branches of Northeast Caucasian language family. It branches into Tsez–Hinukh and Bezhta–Hunzib–Khwarshi, according to the latest research.[2] They were formerly classified geographically into East Tsezic (Hinukh, and Bezhta) and West Tsezic (Tsez, Khwarshi, and Hunzib).[citation needed] The Avar language serves as the literary language for speakers of Tsezic languages.

Internal branching[edit]

Schulze (2009)[2] gives the following family tree for the Tsezic languages:

Figures retrieved from Ethnologue.[3]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Tsezic". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  2. ^ a b The Languages of the Caucasus, by Wolfgang Schulze (2009) Archived 2017-09-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Ethnologue

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