|Region||Komi Republic, Nenetsia, Permyakia, Yamalia, Yugra, elsewhere in Russia|
|160,000 (2010 census)|
|Cyrillic, Old Permic Script (Formerly)|
Official language in
The Komi language (Komi: Коми кыв, Komi kyv), also known as Zyryan, Zyrian or Komi-Zyryan (Komi: Коми-зырян кыв, Komi-zyrjan kyv), is one of the two regional varieties of the pluricentric Komi language, the other regional variety being Permyak.
Komi is natively spoken by the Komi peoples native to the Komi Republic and other parts of Russia such as Nenetsia & Yamalia. There were 285,000 speakers in 1994, which would decrease to 160,000 by 2010. Komi has a standardized form.
It was written in the Old Permic alphabet (Komi: 𐍐𐍝𐍑𐍣𐍒, Анбур, Anbur) for liturgical purposes in the 14th century. The Cyrillic script was introduced by Russia missionaries in the 17th century, replacing the Old Permic script. A tradition of secular works of literature in the modern form of the language dates back to the 19th century.
Komi has ten dialects: Prisyktyvkarsky, Lower Vychegdan, Central Vychegdan, Luzsko-letsky, Upper Sysolan, Upper Vychegdan, Pechoran, Izhemsky, Vymsky, and Udorsky. Prisyktyvkarsky is spoken in the region of Syktyvkar and forms the model for the generic standard dialect of the language. Dialects are divided based primarily on their use of /v/ and /l/:
The start of the change date to the 17th century. It is not seen in the oldest Komi texts from the 14th century, nor in loanwords from Komi to Khanty, dated to the 16th; though it fully occurred before Russian loanwords that entered the language in the 18th century as /l/ remains unchanged in these.
Some dialects are further distinguished based on the palatalized alveolars /dʲ tʲ/, which have unpacked in syllable-final position as clusters /jd jt/.
Main article: Komi alphabets
The Old Permic script is the first writing system for Komi. It was invented in the 14th century by the missionary Stepan Khrap. The alphabet resembled medieval Greek and Cyrillic. The script was also known as Anbur (Komi: 𐍐𐍝𐍑𐍣𐍒, Анбур), named for the first 2 letters of the script, “an” & “bur” (𐍐 & 𐍑, respectively). It is no longer in use today, though it has received Unicode Support as “Old Permic” in recent times. The script saw use in Komi-inhabited areas, primarily the Principality of Great Perm and parts of Bjarmaland.
In the 16th century, this alphabet was replaced by the Russian alphabet with certain modifications for affricates. In the 1920s the language was written in the Molodtsov alphabet, which also derived from Cyrillic. In the 1930s, during the Latinisation in the Soviet Union, Komi was briefly written with a version of the Latin script. Since the 1940s it uses the Russian-based Cyrillic alphabet with additional letters І, і and Ӧ, ӧ.
|Anbur||Cyrillic||Cyrillic (Molodtsov)||Latin||IPA||Letter name||Notes|
|𐍐||А а||A a||[a]||а|
|𐍑||Б б||B b||[b]||бе|
|𐍮||В в||V v||[v]||ве|
|𐍒||Г г||G g||[g]||ге|
|𐍓||Д д||Ԁ ԁ
[ɟ] before е, ё, и, ю, я
|𐍖||Дж дж||Җ җ||Dž dž||[dʒ]||дже|
|𐍘||Дз дз||Ԇ ԇ||Dź dź||[dʑ]||дзе|
|-||Е е||Je je
[je] word-initially and after vowels
[e] after palatalized coronals
|-||Ё ё||Jo jo||[jo] word-initially and after vowels
[o] after [c, ɟ, ɕ, ʑ, ɲ, ʎ]
|𐍕||Ж ж||Ž ž||[ʒ]||же|
|𐍗||З з||З з
[ʑ] before е, ё, и, ю, я
|𐍙||И и||-||I i||[i] word-initially and after vowels
[i] after [c, ɟ, ɕ, ʑ, ɲ, ʎ]
|небыд и ("soft i")|
|𐍙||І і||I i||[i] after т, д, с, з, н, л||чорыд и ("hard i")||Non-palatalized form of и.|
|𐍙||Й й||Ј ј||J j||[j]||дженьыд и|
|𐍚||К к||K k||[k]||ка|
|𐍛||Л л||Л л
[ʎ] before е, ё, и, ю, я
|𐍜||М м||M m||[m]||эм|
|𐍝||Н н||Н н
[ɲ] before е, ё, и, ю, я
|𐍞||О о||O o||[o]||о|
|𐍩||Ӧ ӧ||Ö ö||[ɘ~ə]||ӧ|
|𐍟||П п||P p||[p]||пе|
|𐍠||Р р||R r||[r]||эр|
|𐍡||С с||С с
[ɕ] before е, ё, и, ю, я
|𐍢||Т т||Т т
[c] before е, ё, и, ю, я
|-||Тш тш||-||Č č||[tʃ]||тше|
|𐍣||У у||U u||[u]||у|
|𐍫||Ф ф||F f||[f]||эф||In loanwords.|
|𐍬||Х х||H h||[x]||ха||In loanwords.|
|𐍭||Ц ц||C c||[ts]||це||In loanwords.|
|𐍤||Ч ч||Ć ć||[tɕ]||че|
|𐍥||Ш ш||Š š||[ʃ]||ша|
|𐍦||Щ щ||Šč šč||[ʃtʃ~ʃː]||ща||In loanwords.|
|𐍯||Ъ ъ||-||-||-||чорыд пас ("hard sign")||Same usage in Russian.|
|𐍨||Ы ы||Y y||[ɨ~ɯ~ɤ]||ы|
|𐍰||Ь ь||-||-||[ʲ]||небыд пас ("soft sign")||Same usage in Russian.|
|𐍔||Э э||E e||[e]||э||Non-palatalized form of е.|
|𐍳||Ю ю||Ju ju||[ju]
[u] after т, д, с, з, н, л
|𐍴, 𐍵||Я я||Ja ja||[ja]
[a] after т, д, с, з, н, л
Letters particular to the Molodtsov alphabet include ԁ, ԃ, ԅ, ԇ, ԉ, ԋ, ԍ, ԏ, most of which represent palatalized consonants.
|А а||Б б||В в||Г г||Ԁ ԁ||Ԃ ԃ||Е е||Ж ж||Җ җ||З з||Ԅ ԅ||Ԇ ԇ|
|І і||Ј ј||К к||Л л||Ԉ ԉ||М м||Н н||Ԋ ԋ||О о||Ӧ ӧ||П п||Р р|
|С с||Ԍ ԍ||Т т||Ԏ ԏ||У у||Ф ф||Х х||Ц ц||Ч ч||Ш ш||Щ щ||Ы ы|
Further information: Komi grammar
Komi has 17 cases, with a rich inventory of locative cases. Like other Uralic languages, Komi has no gender. Verbs agree with subjects in person and number (sg/pl). Negation is expressed with an auxiliary verb, which is inflected for person, number and tense.
Komi is an agglutinative language and adheres to a subject–object–verb order.
The following sample text displays the Anbur, Cyrillic (modern) and Latin lyrical text from the Komi-Zyryan folk song “Kačaśinjas” (Daisies).
The first verse of the song and the refrain, as written in the Anbur Script:
The second verse and refrain, as written in the Zyryan Cyrillic Alphabet:
The third and final verse and refrain, as written in the modern Latin Alphabet:
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