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Extinct: no
Family: Altaic
Branch: Turkik
Continent: Asia
Country: Azerbaijan
Region: Azerbaijan, and southern Dagestan, along the Caspian coast in the southern Caucasus Mountains. Also spoken in Armenia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia (Asia), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.
Countries Where Spoken: 6,069,453 in Azerbaijan (1989 census). 4,000,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 7,059,529. Armenia.
Countries Where Official: Azerbaijan
Native Speakers: 6,069,453
Speakers Total: 4,000,000
Phrasebase members who speak Azerbaijan at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Azerbaijan at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Azerbaijan: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Azerbaijan: 0
Three Letter Code: AZJ
Summary: Dialect differences are slight. The Qazakh dialect is not related to the Kazakh language. Significant differences from South Azerbaijani in phonology, lexicon, morphology, syntax, and loanwords. National language. In the republics of the former USSR, 98% of the ethnic group speak Azerbaijani as first language. 8,000,000 second-language speakers. Used in publications. Everyone is familiar with the standardized written and spoken forms. Taught as a second language in Russian language schools. Literacy rate in second language: High. Roman script official, but Cyrillic script widely used; Cyrillic script in Armenia. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1891. North and South Azerbaijani are spoken by one ethnic group. Each language group is reluctant to accept the written form of the other. Muslim (Shi"a and Sunni).

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