Published August 8, 2017
This video was recorded by Elise Lieberman in Moscow, Russia, where she was visiting and where Zarina lives and works. Kudarsky, also known as Kudar, is a variety of the Ossetian language, which is spoken by as many as 570,000 people, primarily in the Russian Republic of North Ossetia-Alania and the partially-recognized state of South Ossetia. It is also spoken in parts of Greece and Turkey. An Iranian member of the Indo-European family of languages, Ossetian shares much genealogy with Kurdish, as well as the Yaghnobi language of Tajikistan. A written language since at least the 12th century CE, Ossetian was originally written with the Greek alphabet. Today, Cyrillic is more widely used.