3,900,000 in Georgia (1993 UBS). Ethnic population: 3,980,000 (1993 UBS). Total users in all countries: 4,347,320.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1995, Constitution, Article 8).
Imeretian, Racha-Lexchxum (Lechkhum), Adzhar (Acharian), Imerxev Kartlian, Kaxetian (Kakhetian), Ingilo, Tush, Xevsur (Kheysur), Moxev (Mokhev), Pshav, Mtiul, Ferejdan, Meskhur-Javakhuri. Imerxev is in Turkey, Ferejdan may no longer be spoken in Iran.
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; no articles; case-marking (18 cases: 7 primary, 11 secondary); verb affixes mark person, number, object; ergativity; passives; tense and aspect; 27 consonants, 5 vowels, no diphthongs; non-tonal; stress on first syllable; long consonant clusters.
Meskhi are ethnically Georgian, speak Georgian, are Eastern Orthodox, and live in southwest Georgia.
Adzhai Muslims are in Armenia. South Caucasian also called Kartvelian; Gruzinski is the Russian name. Christian, Muslim.