Language sketches

M. Khalilov
The Bezhtas and their language

Bezhta is one of the unwritten languages of Dagestan. The article gives a basic introduction to the language and people, Bezhta dialects, the area of residence and history of the people, and previous studies of the Bezhta language, which began in the 1950s. The foundational research works devoted to Bezhta include a Bezhta-Russian dictionary, short grammatical sketches, and a recent monograph on Bezhta grammar. Nonetheless, the author argues that Bezhta is understudied and that more research is necessary to produce a fuller description of Bezhta grammar.

Key words: Bezhta language and people, Tsunta district, Kvarel district, Tladal, Khasharkhota

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