Laz

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A language of Turkey

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

L1 users: 20,000 (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 92,000 (1980). Total users in all countries: 22,000.

Location

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

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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 and Mtavruli) script [Geor], used in Georgia. Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Muslim.

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