The watchtower on the mountain of Dagestan's indigenous languages

Magomed Magomedov (second from left), creator of the Avzag portal, with friends and collaborators. Photo courtesy of Magomed Magomedov. Magomed Magomedov is a Kaitag language activist from the Russian republic of Dagestan and the creator of a unique portal, Avzag (“avzag” means “language” in Ossetian), dedicated to indigenous Caucasian languages. The portal hosts samples of Caucasian languages’ bizarre phonologies, unpacks their tricky grammars, and provides a foundation for direct translation between them without the use of mediator languages. Dagestan, situated on the Caspian Sea in the Nort…

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