Pan-dialectal documentation of Laz

Pan-dialectal documentation of Laz

Language: Laz
Depositor: René Lacroix
Location: Turkey
Deposit Id: 0070
Grant id: IPF0166
Funding body: ELDP
Level: Deposit

Summary of deposit
Laz (ISO-639: lzz) is a highly endangered South Caucasian language mainly spoken in North-East Turkey (+41° 19' 12.39", +41° 15' 37.90"). The collection contains 230 hours of audio and HD video recordings in the four dialects of Laz, gathered over a period of 11 months in 2011 from more than 360 speakers. It also includes 560 photographs taken during the recording sessions and some transcriptions. Various genres are documented.

Group represented

Language information
Laz belongs to the South Caucasian (Kartvelian) language family. It is divided into four main dialectal areas. It is mainly spoken in the mountainous region of North-East Turkey in the towns of Pazar, Ardeşen, Fındıklı, Arhavi and Hopa, which are located on the Black Sea coast, as well as in the neighboring villages. The Laz-speaking area extends over two villages in South-West Georgia. Speakers can also be found in several villages of North-West Turkey. All speakers are bilingual with either Turkish or Georgian. Laz is used almost exclusively among family members. Estimates of the number of speakers vary between 33,000 and 250,000. In Turkey, young people do not speak Laz, even though many understand it; Turkish is the language of education, administration and the media.

Other information

This project could not have been completed without the help of a great many people, among whom are İrfan Çağatay, Ali Gümüş and Murat Ercan.


Resources online and curated


René Lacroix
Affiliation: Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany

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conversation, tales

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elicitation of the verb 'give'

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