Irina Nevskaya

The publication of the Udi Lexicon in LEGO is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as part of the RELISH Project (Rendering Endangered Languages Lexicons Interoperable through Standards Harmonization). RELISH is a project intended to harmonize selected American and European Lexicon Standards.

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Udi (the local designation is udin muz "Udi language") belongs to the Lezgian (or Southern) branch of the autochthonous (North-)East Caucasian language family. Within the Lezgian branch, Udi occupies a so-called marginal position reflecting the fact that historically speaking the language separated from the Lezgian "branch" soon after this branch disintegrated into at least three "dialects" (Early Udi, Early Archi, and Early Samur).

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