Mingrelian

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A language of Georgia

Alternate Names
Margaluri, Megrel, Megrelian, Megruli
Population

500,000 (1989 B. Hewitt).

Location

West lowlands, Abkhazia Region, Ochamchira and Gali municipalities; southern half, Samegrelo-Zemo Svateni Region; Imereti Region, Samtredia and Tsqaltubo municipalities; Guria Region, Lanchkhuti municipality; Racha-Lochkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti, Tsageri municipality.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. Officially considered a single language with Laz [lzz] called Zan, but linguists recognize they are not inherently mutually intelligible.

Language Use

Younger generation uses the language less (Salminen 2007). Also use Georgian [kat].

Writing

Georgian (Mkhedruli) script [Geor].

Other Comments

Ethnic autonym: Margaluri. Christian.