The Mansi language is a language of the Mansi people. It is spoken in territories of Russia along the Ob River and its tributaries, including the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug and the Sverdlovsk Oblast.
There are four main dialects of Mansi:
- Northern Vogul (Sos’va, Sosyvin, Upper Lozyvin),
- Southern Vogul (Tavdin),
- Western Vogul (Pelym, Vagily, Middle Lozyvin, Lower Lozyvin),
- Eastern Vogul (Kondin).
The intelligibility is difficult between geographically distant dialects.
Mansi conjugation has
- three persons,
- three numbers,
- two tenses, and
- four moods.
Active and passive voices exist.
Intransitive and transitive conjugations are distinguished. This means that there are two possible ways of conjugating a verb. When the speaker conjugates in intransitive, the sentence has no concrete object (in this case, the object is nothing or something like something, anything). In the transitive conjugation, there is a concrete object. This feature also exists in the other Ugric languages.