970 (2010 census). Ethnic population: 2,000 (2014 NCRP).
Dagestan republic: Arsha community, 8 villages on upper Risor river.
6b (Threatened). Statutory language of provincial identity in Dagestan Autonomous Republic (1994, Constitution, Article 10).
None known. One of the most divergent Lezgian (Lezgic) languages.
Home. Used by many children (Salminen 2007). Positive attitudes. Also use Russian [rus]. Also use Avar [ava], as the literary language.