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Հայերեն Hayeren
Native toArmenia, Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Russia, United States, Georgia, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Cyprus
Native speakers7,000,000  (2001)[1]
Language family
  • Armenian
Early forms:
Writing systemArmenian alphabet
Official status
Official language inArmenia
(not recognized internationally)
Minority language:
Regulated byNational Academy of Sciences of Armenia
Language codes
ISO 639-1hy
ISO 639-2arm (B)
hye (T)
ISO 639-3Variously:
hye – Modern Armenian
xcl – Classical Armenian
axm – Middle Armenian
Linguasphere57-AAA-a (31 varieties)

The Armenian language [2] is an Indo-European language, spoken by Armenians.

It is the official language of Armenia and the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The language is also widely spoken by Armenian communities all over the world. It has its own alphabet, the Armenian alphabet. There are two standard forms of Armenian: Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian.


  1. Crystal, David (2001). A dictionary of language. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. p. 24. ISBN 9780226122038 . 
  2. հայերեն, or հայոց լեզու, Armenian way of saying it: [hɑjɛˈɾɛn] — hayeren, conventional short form hayeren

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