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«Indigenous Languages of the Caucasus (Ingush)» Johanna Nichols
There were 186,198 Ingush at the time of the 1979 census, a figure that has no doubt increased in the intervening decade. Ingush is spoken in the western part of the Chechen-Ingush ASSR and the eastern part of the North Ossetic ASSR. Ingush is very closely related to Chechen, and the two languages form a single speech community with most speakers of each language having at least a passive command of the other. This sketch describes a variant of Ingush that is maximally different from Chechen, in order to increase diversity between the Chechen and Ingush sketches and insure that they cover the greatest possible range within the speech community.