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Iron dialect

Iron
Native to Russia, Georgia
Region North Ossetia, South Ossetia
Native speakers
unknown (5/6 of Ossete speakers cited 1981)[1]
Dialects
Ir
Tagaur
Alagir
Kurtat
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog iron1242[2]

Iron (Ossetic: Ирон, Iron or Ирон æвзаг, Iron ævzag) is one of the two main dialects of the Ossetic language,[3] spoken in the Caucasus. The majority of the Ossetians speak Iron, notably in the East, South and Central parts of North Ossetia–Alania, while in the West the Digor dialect is more prevalent. The Iron dialect has been the basis of the Ossetian written language since the abolition of the Digor standard in 1939.[3] Iron (Ирон) is possibly rooted from the Russo-Tajik way to spell Iran (Russian: Иран, Tajik: Эрон).

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  1. ^ Bernard Comrie, 1981. The Languages of the Soviet Union, p. 164.
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Iron".  
  3. ^ a b Thordarson, Fridrik. 1989. Ossetic. Compendium Linguarum Iranicarum, ed. by Rudiger Schmitt, 456-79. Wiesbaden: Reichert. [1]
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