Did you know that Russian is not the majority language all over Russia? People in all parts of Russia do speak the language, since it’s necessary to communicate with people from other parts of the country and is often needed in administrative settings, but in many parts of Russia, inhabitants speak indigenous languages that have no relation whatsoever to Russian. In the North Caucasus region, this is especially true, since this region is remarkably linguistically diverse. It’s here that you’ll find the Rutul language.
Rutul is not one of the bigger minority languages in Russia, as only around 36,000 people speak it. Most Rutul speakers also have a strong command of Russian, and since Russian is seen as more prestigious, fewer and fewer Rutul children are learning their ancestral language. The lack of children learning the language puts it at risk of future extinction, which is why UNESCO has classified Rutul as a “definitely endangered” language. This also means that hardly any translation services exist for Rutul, especially to and from languages other than Russian. That’s where TranslationServices.com comes in, with our dedicated Rutul translation team.
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Dive into more details about Rutul
Many of Rutul’s speakers live in the Rutulsky district of southern Dagestan, the southernmost federal subject of Russia. Given that Rutulsky is right on the border with Azerbaijan, some speakers also live in Azerbaijan. Rutul is written in a modified version of the Cyrillic alphabet, which was only developed in 1990—prior to that, Rutuls used Russian, Azeri, or Lezgian as their written language. Rutul is currently transitioning into a literary language and is taught in grades 1 to 4 in Rutul-speaking areas.
The language family of Rutul is the Northeast Caucasian family, with Rutul belonging to the Lezgic branch. Thus, it’s related to Lezgian, a former lingua franca in southern Dagestan. However, unlike Lezgian, one of the only Northeast Caucasian languages without grammatical gender, Rutul features four genders: one for men, one for women, and two for all other nouns. Going further, Rutul has four grammatical cases (absolutive, ergative, dative, and comitative) and 10 spatial cases that function similarly to English prepositions. As an ergative language, Rutul marks intransitive subjects the same as transitive objects, with transitive subjects taking a different case.
Rutul translation services for anyone
Our Rutul translators recognize how complex their language is, but as native speakers, the grammatical complexity doesn’t pose any problems to them. With experience and passion, they’re able to provide translation services both to and from Rutul for any number of documents. Whether you want to translate material from Rutul’s budding collection of written documents, which can help increase awareness of Rutul culture outside of the Caucasus, or you want to translate English content into Rutul, we’re here to help. Our English-to-Rutul translators can translate surveys for researchers, educational materials for teachers, and books, games, websites, apps, and more to encourage Rutul speakers and particularly youth to use—and learn, if necessary—the language more.
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