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Ossetic (Ирон взаг Iron avžag)
Spoken in: Russia, Georgia, Turkey
Region: North Ossetia, South Ossetia
Total speakers: ~500,000
Ranking: Not in top 100
Genetic classification: Indo-European languages

 Iranian languages
  North Eastern Iranian languages
    Ossetic

Official status
Official language of: North Ossetia (federal subject of Russia)
Regulated by: -
Language codes
ISO 639-1OS
ISO 639-2OSS
SILOSE
See also: LanguageList of languages

Ossetic or Ossetian (In Ossetic: Иронау, Ironau) is an Iranian language spoken on the slopes of the Caucasus mountains on the borders of Russia and Georgia.

The area in Russia is known as North Ossetia-Alania (capital: Vladikavkaz), while the area in Georgia is called South Ossetia (capital: Tskhinvali). Ossetian speakers number about 500,000, 60 percent of whom live in Alania, and 15 percent in South Ossetia.

Ossetian, together with Tati-Persian and Talyshi is one of the main Iranian languages with a sizeable community of speakers in the Caucasus. It is descended from the language of the Alans, a group within the nomadic Sarmatians. It is believed to be the only surviving descendant of a Sarmatian language.

There are two important dialects: Iron and Digor -- the former being the more widely spoken. Written Ossetian may be immediately recognized by its use of the , a letter to be found in no other language using the Cyrillic alphabet. A third dialect of Ossetic, Jassic, was formerly spoken in Hungary.

The literary form of the language has 35 phonemes -- 26 consonants, 7 vowels and 2 diphthongs.

Cyrillic Alphabet (since 1937): Template:Unicode

Wikipedia
Ossetic language edition (http://os.wikipedia.org) of Wikipedia

Roman Alphabet (1923-1937): A/a, /, B/b, C/c, Č/č, D/d, E/e, F/f, G/g, H/h, I/i, J/j, K/k, L/l, M/m, N/n, O/o, P/p, Q/q, R/r, S/s, Š/š, T/t, U/u, V/v, X/x, Y/y, Z/z, Ž/žca:Osset da:Ossetisk de:Ossetische Sprache es:Oseto eo:Oseta lingvo fa:آسی fr:Osste nl:Ossetisch ja:オセット語 os:Ирон æвзаг pl:Język osetyjski ru:Осетинский язык sk:Osetčina sv:Ossetiska zh:奧塞梯語

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