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Archi language

Perhaps the best-studied language of those in our documentation project, Archi is a one-village Caucasian language, spoken only in the village of Archi(b), Charodinsky Rajon, Republic of Daghestan (Russia). The number of speakers nowadays is about 1,200 people.

Archi belongs to the Lezgic group of the Nakh-Daghestanian (North-East Caucasian) languages, being quite loosely related to the rest of the group. It has been long time surrounded by non-Lezgic languages and therefore has kept and/or acquired a number of peculiar features.

Sample texts

On the Texts page you'll find sample materials for the on-line corpus of Archi texts. Video and audio recordings are provided with transcripts, interlinear morpheme glossing, Russian translation and glossaries.


Don't forget to install fonts, keyboard layouts, or video player software found on Tools page.


A new Avar Cyrillic-based alphabet has been created for Archi in 2006.


In 2004–2007 our colleagues from Surrey Morphology Group created an Archi-Russian-English dictionary. The dictionary is available both on paper and on-line.


The Archi team consists of Aleksandr Kibrik, Sandro Kodzasov, Alexandre Arkhipov, Michael Daniel, and Anna Khoroshkina; Denis Paperno took an active part in the 2006 field trip.

Our main language consultant in Archi is Bulbul Musaeva.


Find references to Archi in:

Wikipedia :: Ethnologue :: LINGUIST List :: Rosetta project :: "Peoples of Russia" website

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