Iranian languages are typically spoken in, well, Iran, and elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia. Iranian languages spoken natively in Europe are rare. But Ossetian is one of the few, spoken in the Russian republic of North Ossetia–Alania in the North Caucasus region. Ossetian is also spoken in South Ossetia, a de facto state in the South Caucasus that de jure belongs to Georgia. Ossetian is considered an endangered language, although it does enjoy widespread use in both Ossetias.
Even though Ossetian is a proud language spoken widely in North and South Ossetia, it’s still vulnerable to extinction, since Russian and Georgian are much more prominent and widely spoken in the areas surrounding Ossetian territory. This special Iranian language therefore receives little attention from most translation agencies, who would rather just translate the national languages of Russian and Georgian. At TranslationServices.com, we recognize the importance of Ossetian and are thrilled to offer Ossetian translation services alongside our Russian and Georgian translation services.
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What kind of language is Ossetian?
Ossetian is an Iranian language, which is a branch of the wider Indo–European language family. Nestled in the heart of the Caucasus, Ossetian has undergone significant influence from neighboring languages in one of the world’s most linguistically diverse regions. The language doesn’t have grammatical gender, distinguishing it from many other Indo–European languages, and is inflectionally complex, with nine cases. Ossetian speakers can also add the comparative adjectival suffix to nouns (e.g., лӕг [leag, “man”] can become лӕгдӕр [lægdær, “more of a man” or “more manly”]).
Ossetian verbs are no less complicated than its nouns. Ossetian verbs are marked for person, tense, mood, and aspect, although many of these markings are fusional rather than agglutinative. That means a single marker is used to express multiple pieces of grammatical information (such as person and tense simultaneously), increasing the overall number of individual markers. Ossetian also exhibits a remarkably Slavic-like feature: verbs categorized by aspect. Like in Slavic languages, these verbs are usually differentiated by prefixes that add a perfective nuance.
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If you want translation services to or from Ossetian, our passionate team is here to help. Our team is filled with Ossetian language experts from across North and South Ossetia with experience translating a diverse variety of content. One of the areas we frequently provide translation in is historical documents and traditional literature, which we happily translate from Ossetian to English. We also translate contemporary Ossetian literature and academic papers that speakers wish to publish abroad. Focusing on translation into Ossetian, we often translate content for companies that want to truly connect with their Ossetian customer base, and we translate surveys and questionnaires for academics conducting research in the Ossetian-speaking region. Our translators are also passionate about translating entertainment content—such as stories, games, websites, apps, and more—which is one of the best ways to keep a language strong and thriving.
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