Armenian language

Armenian (classical: հայերէն, reformed: հայերեն, hayeren, [hɑjɛˈɾɛn]) is an Indo-European language belonging to an independent branch of which it is the only member. It is the official language of Armenia. Historically spoken in the Armenian Highlands, today Armenian is widely spoken throughout the Armenian diaspora. Armenian is written in its own writing system, the Armenian alphabet, introduced in 405 AD by the priest Mesrop Mashtots. The total number of Armenian speakers worldwide is estimated between 5 and 7 million.[30][31]

հայերէն/հայերեն, hayeren
"Armenian language" in the Armenian alphabet
Native toArmenia
Native speakers
5–7 million[1]
  • Armenic[2]
    • Armenian
Early forms
Standard forms
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated by
Language codes
ISO 639-1hy
ISO 639-2arm (B)
hye (T)
ISO 639-3Variously:
hye  Eastern Armenian
hyw  Western Armenian
xcl  Classical Armenian
axm  Middle Armenian
The current distribution of the Armenian language in the southern Caucasus
  Official language spoken by the majority
  Recognized minority language
  Significant number of speakers
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