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A language of Georgia

Alternate Names
Bac, Batsaw, Batsba, Batsbi, Batsbiitsy, Batsi, Tsova-Tush, Tush
Population

3,420 (2000). Active users may be far fewer than 3,000 (Salminen 2007).

Location

Kakheti region: Talavei district, Zemo-Alvani (Upper Alvani).

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Language Use

Modern Bats heavily influenced by Georgian [kat]. Traditional Bats perhaps known by a few elders (Salminen 2007). Few domains. Used by few children. Neutral attitudes. Also use Georgian [kat], especially in school and for wider group communication (Salminen 2007).

Language Development
Georgian [kat] is literary language. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Traditional territory and way of life. Christian.

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