Идараб мицци Idarab mittsi
Native toNorth Caucasus
RegionSouthern Dagestan
Native speakers
2,200 (2010 census)[1]
Northeast Caucasian
Language codes
ISO 639-3tin

Tindi is a Northeast Caucasian language spoken in the Russian republic of Dagestan. Tindis call their language Idarab mitstsi meaning 'the language of the Idar village'. It is only an oral language; Avar or Russian are used in written communication instead.[1] Tindi vocabulary contains many loanwords from Avar, Turkish, Arabic, and Russian.[2] It has approximately 2,150 speakers.[1]



Front Central Back
Close i iː u uː
Mid e eː o oː
Open a aː

Nasalized vowels may also exist as /ĩ, ẽ, ã, õ, ũ/ and as long-nasalized /ĩː, ẽː, ãː, õː, ũː/.


Labial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Uvular Pharyn-
central lateral central palatalized
lenis fortis lenis fortis lenis fortis lenis fortis lenis fortis lenis fortis
Nasal m n
Plosive voiceless p t k kːʲ
ejective kʼʲ ʔ
voiced b d ɡ ɡʲ
Affricate voiceless t͡s t͡sː t͡ʃ t͡ʃː t͡ɬː q͡χː
ejective t͡sʼ t͡sːʼ t͡ʃʼ t͡ʃːʼ t͡ɬːʼ q͡χːʼ
Fricative voiceless s ʃ ʃː ɬ ɬː ç χ χː ħ h
voiced z ʒ ʁ ʕ
Trill r
Approximant w l j


  1. ^ a b c Tindi at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015) (subscription required)
  2. ^ Akiner, Shirin (1986). Islamic Peoples Of The Soviet Union. Routledge. p. 264. ISBN 978-1-136-14266-6.