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Zyrian speakers distribution

"Location of Komi in Russia" by TUBS is licensed under CC BY 3.0


Zyrian courses are not currently available on IU campus.

Zyrian, or Komi-Zyrian, or Komi language, is one of the two regional varieties of the pluricentric Komi language, the other regional variety being Komi-Permyak. It is disputed whether Zyrian is a separate language or a dialect of Komi, because of its affinity to the Komi-Permyak language. Komi-Zyrian is spoken by the Komi-Zyrians' ethnic group in Komi Republic and some other parts of Russia. In 1994, Komi-Zyrian had about 285,000 speakers. The Komi-Zyrian language has a standard form. It was written in the form of Old Permic alphabet for liturgical purposes as early as the 14th century in the Old Permic script. Said alphabet was replaced by Cyrillic in the 17th century. A tradition of secular works of literature in the modern form of the language dates back to the 19th century.(From Wikipedia)