Ossetian – ISO 9 transliteration system

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Ossetian virtual keyboard

The Ossetian virtual keyboard allows you to enter characters with a click of your mouse. There’s no need to change your keyboard layout anymore. The transliteration of each supported character is displayed on the right side of the character. You can then directly transliterate your text from one script to the other according to the selected transliteration system.

Language overview

Ossetian (ирон ӕвзаг), also known as Ossetic or Ossete, belongs to the Eastern Iranian languages group of the Indo-Iranian languages branch. Official language in the Republic of North Ossetia–Alania, in the North Caucasus, alongside Russian, and also in the Republic of South Ossetia–State of Alania, considered by the majority of UN countries as an autonomous region of Georgia, it counts about 600,000 speakers. The Ossetian language is written in a variation of the Cyrillic script since 1937.

Transliteration system: ISO 9

The international standard ISO 9 establishes a system for the transliteration into Latin characters of Cyrillic characters constituting the alphabets of many Slavic and some non-Slavic languages. This system is univocal, as one character is represented by one equivalent character (by the use of diacritics), which represents the original spelling and allows for reverse transliteration (or retroconversion). The first versions of the standard were based on the scholarly system, but the latest version, ISO:1995, emphasizes the unambiguity of the transliteration instead of the phonemic representation.

Specific rule

  • The letter ӕ (Ӕ in uppercase), specific to Ossetian, is often replaced by the Latin characters æ and Æ (respectively represented by the Unicode codes U+00E6 and U+00C6), whereas these characters also exist in Cyrillic: ӕ and Ӕ (respectively represented by the Unicode codes U+04D5 and U+04D4). The latter that are used in this transliteration tool.

Other transliteration systems for Ossetian

The other currently supported transliteration systems for Ossetian are: ALA-LC, Allworth, and BGN/PCGN.


Tales of the Narts: Ancient Myths and Legends of the Ossetians Tales of the Narts: Ancient Myths and Legends of the Ossetians
editors Princeton University Press (2016)
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Ossetian Ossetian
by , editors LINCOM publishers (2010)

L’épopée caucasienne des Nartes : Cycles d’Ossétie L’épopée caucasienne des Nartes : Cycles d’Ossétie
by , editors L’Harmattan (2019)

Contes populaires ossètes Contes populaires ossètes
by , editors L’Harmattan (2010)

Parlons ossète Parlons ossète
by , editors L’Harmattan (2004)

Other supported languages

The other supported languages are: Abkhaz, Adyghe, Altai, Armenian (eastern, classical), Armenian (western), Azerbaijani (Azeri), Bashkir, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Carrier, Cherokee, Chuvash, Georgian, Greek, Ingush, Inuktitut, Japanese, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Moldovan, Russian, Serbian, Tamazight, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Vai, and Yakut.

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