Digor dialect

For district in Kars Province of Turkey, see Digor, Kars.
Native to Russia
Region North Ossetia
Native speakers
ca. 100,000 (2010)[1]
  • Tual
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog digo1242[2]

Digor or Digorian (дигорон digoron) is a dialect of the Ossetian language. The other is Iron, which is more widely spoken. The differences between the two are large enough to call them two languages—and that is done in some sources like the recently published Digor–Russian dictionary by Fedar Takazov (the compiler himself writes "Digor language", while the editor writes in the same book "Digor dialect"). Until 1939 Digor had a literary language separate from Iron.

Digorian speakers live in the west of North Ossetia (Digora, Chikola and other places), in the capital of the republic Vladikavkaz and in larger cities of Russia. There are no precise statistics on that because Digorians are mostly calculated as Ossetians during census, but they are about a sixth of the population.


  1. Bernard Comrie, 1981. The Languages of the Soviet Union, p. 164.
  2. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Digor". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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