Ossetic Language Interpreters and Translators

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CIT offers Ossetic interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Ossetic language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Ossetic language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Ossetic language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Ossetic language, as well as of the culture and history of the Ossetic people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

The Ossetic Language

The Ossetic language, part of the Northeastern Iranian branch of language, is an Indo-European language spoken by about 500,000 people in Ossetia. Ossetia is a region by the borders of Russia and Georgia. Most Ossetic speakers live in Russia. However, some live in Georgia and Turkey as well. Ossetic, or Ossetian, stems from the Alanic language group, a medieval language spoken by the Alans, an Iranian people.

Ossetic, or asi in many Iranian languages, is the most popular Northeastern Iranian language. There are two primary dialects of Ossetian: Iron and Digor. Iron is the more spoken dialect and is the standard dialect for written Ossetic. Jassic, another dialect, is the Osstic dialect spoken in Hungray. Currently, there are a few Ossetian newspapers and Ossetic is taught in schools. The first written records of Ossetic were in the 1700s, using an Arabic script. In the mid 19th century, Sjoegren developed a Cyrillic alphabet script of Ossetic. In the early 20th century, between 1923 and 1937, the Latin alphabet was used for script. Not long after, between 1938 and 1950s, Ossetic was written using a Georgian alphabet. Today, Ossetic is written in the Cyrillic alphabet. The Ossetic language comes from the Alani, who was Sarmatian people. There are several similarities to Old Iranian, including cases and prefixes. There are Ossetic folk epics as well, including stories of war heroes. The literary Ossetic language was created by the poet Kosta Khetagurov around the late 19th century. The Ossetian language shares similarities with Pashto and Yaghnobi considering its geographical location. There are several regions where Ossetian is spoken in conjunction with Caucasian or Turkic languages. For example, areas where people are bilingual in Ossetian and Georgian.

The Ossetic language has seven vowels. Three of them are front vowels, three are back vowels and one is a high central vowel. There are important roles of glottalization in the stops and affricates of vowels. There are velar and uvular consonants as well. The stress of a word will be on the first of second syllables of a word in the Ossetic language. Additionally, there are nine cases in Ossetic: nominative, genitive, dative, allative, ablative, incessive, adessive, equative and comitative. Personal pronouns are also an important part of Ossetic phonology. Verbs in Ossetian have a past and present tense. A verb in past tense will end in a T or a D. Turning a root into a verb in Ossetian grammar follows similar rules in other Iranian languages. A verb can be conjugated for a 6-person combination by changing a personal suffix. CIT offers Ossetic interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.

Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Ossetic language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Ossetic language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Ossetic language interpreters and translators possess in-depth knowledge of the Ossetic language, as well as of the culture and history of the Ossetic people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.

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