Introducing Learning Lezgi

This webspace is almost a year old, yet it is only now that I’ve decided to fill it with content. My journey with Lezgi has had its ups and downs (of which I’ll tell you later) thus far, but I hope that now I’m finally back on the right track.

But first things first – you might want to know what is this Lezgi thing I am talking about. After all I can’t assume you’re familiar with it, can I? To put it briefly, Lezgi is a Caucasian  language spoken by over 500k people most of whom live in northern Azerbaijan and southern Dagestan (I think you may want to consult an atlas now). Ah, another thing – ‘Caucasian’ here is taken to mean ‘pertaining to the Caucasus mountain range’  and not ‘white-skinned’, mind you.

Back to the point – it has no relatives outside the Caucasus area, which sort of means it’s nothing like any other language you’re familiar with. Lots of difficult vocabulary, strange grammar, guttural sounds – I kid you not. On the other hand it’s just about the most accessible of its kin – the Lezgis are very helpful and well represented on the Net and the language itself is still less quirky than some of its cousins.

The idea behind this blog is twofold: first, to give me some space to document my efforts to learn it, vent my frustration and cry for help and second, to share a couple pieces of what could pass for facts about the language with the outside world. Expect mini lessons, pontifications about minor grammar points, short translations etc.

I’ll be writting mainly in English and Lezgi (or rather my best approximation of it), but entries in Russian, Turkish or Polish could happen sometime as well.

That’s it for now. Let me finish this post with what for some of you will be the first ever Lezgi word they learnt:

Сагърай / Saghraj! (this means ‘be healthy, be well’ and is used as a farewell or a thankyou in Lezgi)

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4 Responses to “Introducing Learning Lezgi”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Good luck with this site. It looks great so far, and I hope to learn a thing or two. Your explanations are a little easier to comprehend than Haspelmath’s 🙂

  2. Eskandar Says:

    Is сагъ a loan from Azeri sağ? I’ll probably be playing “spot the loanword” in each of your posts, I hope it’s not too obnoxious!

  3. Peterlin Says:

    @Jessica:
    Thanks, but they are also much less precise 🙂

    @Eskandar:
    Spot on. I don’t mind, of course. After all, my thesis was nothing else than a game of “spot the Iranian word” 🙂

  4. AzərLəzgi Says:

    Əla…. Yaşasın Azərbaycan, yaşasın Ləzgi xalqı…

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