[<< wikipedia] Lezgic languages
The Lezgic languages are one of seven branches of the Northeast Caucasian language family. Lezgin are literary languages aside from being extant (currently spoken).


== Classification ==
Peripheral: Archi – 970 speakers
Samur (Nuclear Lezgic)
Eastern Samur
Udi – 6,600 speakers
Lezgin–Aghul–TabasaranLezgin – 800,000 speakers
Aghul – 29,300 speakers
Tabasaran – 126,900 speakers
Southern Samur
Kryts – 5,000
Budukh – 200 speakers
Western Samur
Rutul – 36,400 speakers
Tsakhur – 22,300 speakers


== The voicing of ejective consonants ==
The Lezgic languages are relevant to the glottalic theory of Indo-European, because several have undergone the voicing of ejectives that have been postulated but widely derided as improbable in that family. The correspondences have not been well worked out (Rutul is inconsistent in the examples), but a few examples are:

Non-Lezgic: Avar tstsʼar; Lezgic: Rutul dur, Tsakhur do 'name'
Non-Lezgic: Archi motʃʼor, Lak tʃʼiri; Lezgic: Rutul mitʃʼri, Tabassaran midʒir, Aɡul mudʒur 'beard'
Non-Lezgic: Avar motsʼ; Lezgic: Tabassaran vaz 'moon'A similar change has taken place in non-initial position in the Nakh languages.


== See also ==
Languages of the Caucasus
Northeast Caucasian languages


== References ==


== External links ==
Lezgic basic lexica at the Global Lexicostatistical Database