Iron Ossetian

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Native to Russia, Georgia
Region North Ossetia, South Ossetia
Native speakers
(5/6 of Ossete speakers cited 1981)[1]
  • Ir
  • Tagaur
  • Alagir
  • Kurtat
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog iron1242[2]

Iron (Ossetic: Ирон, Iron or Ирон æвзаг, Iron ævzag) is one of the two main dialects of the Ossetic language along with Digor[3] spoken in the Caucasus. The majority of Ossetians speak Iron, notably in the East, South and Central parts of North Ossetia–Alania, while in the West the Digor dialect is more prevalent. The Iron dialect has been the basis of the Ossetian written language since the abolition of the Digor standard in 1939.[3]

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  1. ^ Bernard Comrie, 1981. The Languages of the Soviet Union, p. 164.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Iron". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ a b Thordarson, Fridrik. 1989. Ossetic. Compendium Linguarum Iranicarum, ed. by Rudiger Schmitt, 456-79. Wiesbaden: Reichert. [1]