A North Caucasian language and a member of the North-West group, spoken by some 45,000 people in the Russian autonomous republic of Karachay-Cherkessia and in Germany, Turkey and the USA. Its closest linguistic affiliation is with Abkhaz.
Like other Caucasian languages, Abaza has a large number of consonants (63) and few vowels. As a result, it is considered by linguists to be one of the most difficult Caucasian languages to learn. It is written in both the Roman and Cyrillic alphabets.
|Case and agreement in Abaza||ABAZA GRAM 1|
|Listening - Fiction|
|Nart sagas from the Caucasus||ABAZA LFICT 1a|
|The sword and the horse of Sosruqwo||ABAZA LFICT 1(CD)|