Phoneme and Morpheme in Kabardian (Eastern Adyghe)

The US Library of Congress Archives

The Kabardian language constitutes the Eastern branch of the Circassian or Adyghe language-group, the Western subdivision of which is known as Kyakh.l These two languages are closely related; their respective speakers soon learn to communicate with each other without much diliculty. All Circassians call themselves ad'ay'a2 and their language aday"abza; the name "Circassian" or "Cherkes" is applied to them only by foreigners.s Up to the time of the Russian conquest of their territory (1864) the Circassian tribes occupied the N.-W. part of the Great Caucasus lrom the Taman' peninsula in the West to the town of Mozdok in the East ......

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