MordoviaMoksha (Moksha-Mordovian) language - one of the Mordovian languages belonging to the Finno-Ugric family. Spoken in the western part of the Republic of Mordovia, in the Samara, Penza, Orenburg and other regions, in Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. The number of the Mordovians in Russia is 1 073 thousand. 69,0 % of them regard the Mordovian languages (Moksha or Erzya) as their mother tongue, 30,8 % Russian.

The Moksha literary language was formed by the 1930's on the basis of the central dialect. The writing system has been based on the Russian alphabet since the late 18th century.

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