хьугъул ĥuġul[needs IPA]
Native toNorth Caucasus
RegionAgulsky District, Dagestan
Native speakers
2000 (2021)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Chirag is a language in the Dargin dialect continuum spoken in Dagestan, Russia. It is often considered a divergent dialect of Dargwa.[2] Ethnologue lists it under the dialects of Dargwa but recognizes that it may be a separate language.[3]


Based on lexical similarity, Chirag is usually classified as a separate language from other varieties of Dargwa.[4] It has 67% lexical similarity with the North-Central group, 77.6% with the South group, and 69% with Kaitag; within the South group, it has 84% lexical similarity with Qunqi Amuq.[4]


Chirag has ergative–absolutive alignment in its case marking.[1]


  1. ^ a b Ganenkov, Dmitry (2021). "Person agreement with inherent case DPs in Chirag Dargwa". Natural Language & Linguistic Theory. doi:10.1007/s11049-021-09520-3.
  2. ^ Friedman, Victor A. (2009). "Sociolinguistics in the Caucasus". In Ball, Martin J. (ed.). The Routledge Handbook of Sociolinguistics Around the World. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9780415422789.
  3. ^ Ethnologue report for Dargwa
  4. ^ a b Malyshev, Vladislav; Malysheva, Viktoria; Gutz, Angelina; Novaya, Irina; Panina, Anastasia; Yurkova, Alyona; Clifton, John M.; Tiessen, Calvin (2019). The Sociolinguistic Situation of the Dargwa in Dagestan (PDF). SIL International.