• Language: Akhvakh
  • Alternate names: Axvax, Ашвaлъи мицIи, авахский язык, Akhwakh
  • Language code: akv
  • Language family: North Caucasian, East Caucasian, Avar-Andic, Andic (SIL classification)
  • Number of speakers: ~5,000
  • Vulnerability: Threatened
  • Script: Unwritten.

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    The Akhvakh language belongs to the Andi subgroup of the Avar-Ando-Dido or northwestern group of the Dagestan languages and is divided into two dialects: North-Akhvakh and South-Akhvakh. The first is homogeneous, while the latter is further divided into the Tlyanub and Tsegob subdialects. The difference between the South-Avar and North-Avar is rather considerable and users of the two dialects prefer communicating in the Avar language. (The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire, 2008)