|Ethnicity||820 Izhorians (1989 census)|
|120 (2010 census)|
Ingrian (also called Izhorian) is a nearly extinct Finnic language spoken by the (mainly Orthodox) Izhorians of Ingria. It has approximately 120 speakers left, most of whom are aged. It should not be confused with the Southeastern dialects of the Finnish language that became the majority language of Ingria in the 17th century with the influx of Lutheran Finnish immigrants (whose descendants, Ingrian Finns, are often referred to as Ingrians). The immigration of Lutheran Finns was promoted by Swedish authorities (who gained the area in 1617 from Russia), as the local population was (and remained) Orthodox.
In 1932–1937, a Latin-based orthography for the Ingrian language existed, taught in schools of the Soikino Peninsula and the area around the mouth of the Luga River. Several textbooks were published, including, in 1936, a grammar of the language. However, in 1937 the Izhorian written language was abolished and mass repressions of the peasantry began.
|A a||Ä ä||B в||D d||E e||F f||G g||H h|
|I i||J j||K k||L l||M m||N n||Ö ö||P p|
|R r||S s||T t||U u||V v||Y y|
The order of the 1936 alphabet is similar to the Russian Cyrillic alphabet.
|A a||Ä ä||B в||V v||G g||D d||E e||Ƶ ƶ|
|Z z||I i||J j||K k||L l||M m||N n||O o|
|Ö ö||P p||R r||S s||T t||U u||Y y||F f|
|H h||C c||Ç ç||Ş ş||ь|
Alphabet (2005-present)
The order of the current alphabet matches the Finnish alphabet.
|A a||B b||C c||D d||E e||F f||G g||H h|
|I i||J j||K k||L l||M m||N n||O o||P p|
|R r||S s||Š š||T t||U u||V v||Y y||Z z|
|Ž ž||Ä ä||Ö ö|
- Hevaha, spoken along Kovashi River and nearby coastal areas (†)
- Soikkola, spoken on Soikinsky Peninsula and along Sista River
- Oredezhi, spoken along Orodezh River and the upper Luga River (†)
- Lower Luga, a divergent dialect influenced by Votic.
Like other Uralic languages, Ingrian is a highly agglutinative language.
- Ingrian at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). “Ingrian”. Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Kurs, Ott (1994). Ingria: The broken landbridge between Estonia and Finland. GeoJournal 33.1, 107–113.
- Viitso, Tiit-Rein (1998). “Fennic”. In Abondolo, Daniel (ed.). Uralic languages. Routledge. pp. 98–99.
- Kuznetsova, Natalia; Markus, Elena; Mulinov, Mehmed (2015), “Finnic minorities of Ingria: The current sociolinguistic situation and its background”, in Marten, H.; Rießler, M.; Saarikivi, J.; et al. (eds.), Cultural and linguistic minorities in the Russian Federation and the European Union, Multilingual Education, 13, Berlin: Springer, pp. 151–152, ISBN 978-3-319-10454-6, retrieved 25 March 2015
- Paul Ariste 1981. Keelekontaktid. Tallinn: Valgus. [pt. 2.6. Kolme läänemere keele hääbumine lk. 76 – 82] (in Estonian)
- V.Cherniavskij “Izoran keeli (Ittseopastaja)/Ижорский язык (Самоучитель) (Ingrian Self-Study Book”)”(in Russian).
- Ingrian verb conjugation
- Ingrian language resources at Giellatekno