North Azeri language

North Azeri
Spoken in Azerbaijan and neighboring Caucasian region
Total speakers 7,059,529 worldwide including 4,000,000 monolinguals
Language family Altaic
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2
ISO 639-3 azj
Linguasphere part of 44-AAB-a

North Azeri (also known as North Azerbaijani) is a variety of the Azeri language spoken in Azerbaijan and neighboring regions of the Caucasus. Expatriate communities exist in Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. There are reported to be some North Azeri speakers remaining in Armenia. Dialects include Quba, Derbend, Baku, Shamakhi, Salyan, Lenkaran, Qazakh, Airym, Borcala, Terekeme, Qyzylbash, Nukha, Zaqatala, Qabala, Yerevan, Nakhchivan, Ordubad, Ganja, Shusha, Karapapak. Dialect differences are slight.

There are significant differences between North Azeri and South Azeri in phonology, lexicon, morphology, syntax, and loanwords. North Azeri is the national language of Azerbaijan and the Baku variety is the basis of Standard Azerbaijani. It is officially written with a Roman script, but the older Cyrillic script is still widely used. There is a fair degree of mutual intelligibility, but Ethnologue considers them to be distinct languages.



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