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Udmurt language - one of the Finno-Ugric languages (Permic group). Spoken in the Republic of Udmurtia, in Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Mari El and in the Kirov and Perm regions. The number of the Udmurts in Russia is 714,8 thousand. 70,8 % of them regard Udmurt as their mother tongue, 28,9 % Russian. Main dialects: Northern and Southern, transitional dialects of Central Udmurtia.
Udmurt has been a written language since the 18th century (Cyrillic script). The contemporary literary language is a synthesis of the grammatical features and lexicon of both Northern and Southern dialects while the sound system is based on the transitional dialects.
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