Laz

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A language of Turkey

Alternate Names
Chan, Chanuri, Chanzan, Laze, Zan
Population

20,000 in Turkey (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 22,000. Ethnic population: 92,000 (1980).

Location

Northeast, Rize, Kemer, Atin, Artasen, Vitse, Arkab, Hopa, and Sarp; Artvin, Sakarya, Kocaeli, and Bolu provinces.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Officially considered a single language with Mingrelian [xmf], called, Zan, although not mutually inherently intelligible.

Language Use

Rapid language shift to Turkish [tur] (Salminen 2007). Also use Turkish [tur].

Writing

Georgian (Mkhedruli) script [Geor], used in Georgia. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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