8,130,000 in Turkey (2014 J. Leclerc), decreasing. No monolinguals. Especially in Hakkari and Shirnak provinces. Total users in all countries: 15,151,130.
Widespread, especially east and southeast.
3 (Wider communication).
Boti (Botani), Marashi, Ashiti, Bayezidi, Hekari, Shemdinani, Shikakî, Silivî, Mihemedî. Dialect differences but all use the same written form. A member of macrolanguage Kurdish [kur].