Tsezic languages

Southwest Dagestan
Linguistic classification:

Northeast Caucasian

  • Tsezic
Glottolog: tsez1239[1]



The Tsezic languages (also called Didoic languages) form one of the seven main branches of Northeast Caucasian language family. It branches into Tsez–Hinukh and Bezhta–Hunzib–Khwarshi, according to the latest research.[2] They were formerly classified geographically into East Tsezic (Hinukh, and Bezhta) and West Tsezic (Tsez, Khwarshi, and Hunzib). The Avar language serves as the literary language for speakers of Tsezic languages.

Internal branching

Schulze (2009)[2] gives the following family tree for the Tsezic languages:

Figures retrieved from Ethnologue.[3]


  1. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tsezic". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. 1 2 The Languages of the Caucasus, by Wolfgang Schulze (2009)
  3. Ethnologue

See also

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