Minority languages of Russia
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Mari language - one of the Finno-Ugric languages. Spoken in the Republic of Mari El, Tatarstan, Udmurtia, Bashkortostan, the Nizhni Novgorod, Kirov, Sverdlovsk and Perm regions. The number of the Maris in Russia is 643,7 thousand. 81,9 % of them regard Mari as their mother tongue, 17,8 % Russian. Main dialects: Meadow, Hill, Eastern, North-Eastern.
Mari has been a written language since the 19th century (Cyrillic script). There are two literary languages: one based on the Meadow and Eastern dialects and another based on the Hill dialect.
Pages in the Mari language
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