Endangered Language Alliance
Kabardian is classified by linguists as being a Northwest Caucasian language, in the Circassian branch. To a considerable extent, it is mutually intelligible with Adyghe (or West Circassian), and ideas differ about the relative status of those two varieties, though other Circassian varieties such as Abaza, Abkhaz, and Ubykh are somewhat more distantly related. Some linguists have spoken of a Circassian dialect continuum which once linked these varieties geographically.
Below you will find comparative wordlists for Kabardian and Adyghe:
ELA’s Circassian Languages Project is recording several different Circassian languages in the New York area and abroad. The project includes an effort to increase outreach and education around Circassian language issues, undertaken in partnership with community organizations such as the Nassip Foundation. Initial recordings have been made with Majda Hilmi, originally of Amman, Jordan. The words and phrases from these archived recordings can be heard below.