Surrey Morphology Group

Archi Language Page

Archi is a Daghestanian language of the Lezgic group spoken by about 1200 people in Daghestan. The language is characterised by a remarkable morphological system, with extremely large paradigms, and irregularities on all levels.

In 2007 the Surrey Morphology Group completed a three-year project which resulted in an electronic Archi-Russian-English dictionary. This is now been released in different formats. First, there is a printed version that uses the Cyrillic script for Archi and is intended mainly for use by the Archi community.

Second, there is an electronic version that contains sound files for every word form of the lexeme, digital pictures of culturally significant objects, idioms and example sentences with interlinear glossing. Both versions provide morphological information sufficient to produce the whole paradigm of the lexeme. The electronic dictionary exists as a CD (with sound files in MP3 format), DVD (with sound files in WAV format) and is also available online.


For most users, the web version is the easiest to use. If you need the CD or a DVD copy please contact Marina Chumakina, Your comments on the web version will be appreciated as well. 


Current work on Archi.

Archi language tutorial, Annual Meeting of the Association of Great Britain, September 2008

Materials used at the tutorial:

- the Bear Story

- sound file for the Bear story (mp3)

- presentation

- handout

(this work is done by the SMG)



Collection of Archi texts (with sound files and interlinear glossing) in LangueDOC project

(this is done at Moscow State University)


Enquiries to: Marina Chumakina

Tel: +44 (0)1483 682843

SMG Homepage