Svan language

Svan (ლუშნუ ნინ lušnu nin; Georgian: სვანური ენა svanuri ena) is a Kartvelian language spoken in the western Georgian region of Svaneti primarily by the Svan people.[2][3] With its speakers variously estimated to be between 30,000 and 80,000, the UNESCO designates Svan as a "definitely endangered language".[4] It is of particular interest because it has retained many archaic features that have been lost in the other Kartvelian languages.

Svan
ლუშნუ ნინ Lušnu nin
Pronunciation[luʃnu nin]
Native toGeorgia
RegionSvaneti
Abkhazia (Kodori Gorge)
Native speakers
14,000 (2015)[1]
Georgian script
Language codes
ISO 639-3sva
Glottologsvan1243
ELPSvan
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