Mingrelian

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A language of Georgia

Alternate Names
Margali, Margaluri, Megrel, Megrelian, Megruli
Population

500,000 (1989 B. Hewitt).

Location

Abkhazia region: Ochamchira and Gali municipalities; Guria region: Lanchkhuti municipality; Imereti region: Samtredia and Tsqaltubo municipalities; Racha-Lochkhumi-Kvemo Svaneti region: Tsageri municipality; Samegrelo-Zemo Svateni region: southern half; all in west lowlands.

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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

Christian.

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