Ossetian (English: //, //, //), commonly referred to as Ossetic and rarely Ossete (Ossetian: ирон ӕвзаг, romanized: iron ӕvzag), is an Eastern Iranian language spoken in Ossetia, a region on both sides of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. It is one of the only few Iranian languages spoken in Europe, and is a relative and possibly a descendant of the extinct Scythian, Sarmatian, and Alanic languages.
|ирон ӕвзаг (iron ævzag)|
дигорон ӕвзаг (digoron ævzag)
|Native to||North Ossetia-Alania, South Ossetia|
Official language in
Ossetian text from a book published in 1935. Part of an alphabetic list of proverbs. Latin script.
The Ossete area in Russia is known as North Ossetia–Alania, while the area south of the border is referred to as South Ossetia. Ossetian speakers number about 614,350, with 451,000 speakers in the Russian Federation recorded in the 2010 census.