Published September 7, 2017
This video was recorded by Elise Lieberman in Moscow, Russia, where she was visiting at the time and where Inna lives and works. Adyghe is spoken by as many as 600,000 people, primarily in the Russian Republic of Adygea, where it is an official language alongside Russian, as well ass Inna's native Karachay-Cherkess Republic. A member of the Caucasian linguistic group, it is related to Circassian to such an extent that some linguists have argued both to be distinct varieties of a single mother tongue. Though Adyghe was traditionally written with varieties of the Latin and Arabic alphabets, a Cyrillic orthography, standardized following Russia’s October Revolution in 1917, predominates literature today.