Ethnologue.com home
Ethnologue > Web version > Country index > Asia > Turkey (Asia) > Laz

Laz

A language of Turkey (Asia)

ISO 639-3lzz

Population  30,000 in Turkey (1980). Population total all countries: 33,250. Ethnic population: 92,000 in Turkey (1980).
Region  Northeast, Rize, Kemer, Atin, Artasen, Vitse, Arkab, Hopa, Sarp; Artvin, Sakarya, Kocaeli, and Bolu provinces. Also in Belgium, France, Georgia, Germany, United States.
Alternate names   Chan, Chanuri, Chanzan, Laze, Zan
Dialects  Officially considered a single language with Mingrelian [xmf], called ‘Zan’, although linguists recognize they are not mutually inherently intelligible.
Classification  Kartvelian, Zan
Language use  Also use Turkish [tur].
Writing system  Georgian script, Mkhedruli style. Latin script.
Comments  Their name for their language is ‘Lazuri’. Not a written language in Turkey. Fishermen. Muslim.

Also spoken in:

Georgia

Language name   Laz
Population  2,000 in Georgia (1982).
Region  Adjar, Georgia, a few villages.
Alternate names  Chan, Chanuri, Chanzan, Laze, Zan
Dialects  Xopa (Hopa), Chxala (Ckhala), Vice-Arxava (Vital-Arkhava), Atina, Samurzakan-Zugdidi, Senaki.
Language use  Georgian [kat] is literary language.
Comments  Their name for their language is ‘Lazuri’. Muslim.
 
Contact us