Laz love poem
სქანი სურეთი ნა ონ ჲალი,
ჩქიმი ენნი მსქვა შიირი რენ,
მარა დუშინი ჯიშირენ,
ჰამ ჩქიმი სონი “მა სი მაოროფენ!” რენ
In roman alphabet
Skani sureti na on yali,
çkimi enni mskva şiiri ren,
Mara duşini cişiren,
Ham çkimi soni “Ma si maoropen!” ren
→ French poem ←
Laz language interpretation
A Laz (other names : Laze, Hopa, Chanzan, Vice-Arxava, Samurzakan-Zugdidi, Vital-Arkhava, Chan, Xopa, Chanuri, Zan, Ckhala, Chxala, Senaki, Atina, Autonym : Lazuri nena (ლაზური ნენა)) language interpretation of my little love poem, here from Turkey, for maybe 150,000 people.
Laz, the Caucasian (Kartvelian) language of the Lazs, is generally unwritten. It is often called Tchane or Lazuri, and is spoken on the northeastern coast of Turkey around Trebizond, between Kemer and Sarpi, encompassing Atina, Artachéni, Vitse, Arkabi and Khopa, and across the border in Georgia.
Lazuri that the Turks call Lazca, is close to Georgian, and Mingrelian, since a millennium ago these two languages were only one. For some linguists Migrélien (margaluri) and Laz would be two dialects of the same language.
There are 5 important dialects of Tchane. They are called: atinuri, art̆aşenur, xopuri, viǯur-Arkabuli, and art̆aşenuri.
The Lazes are bilingual with Turkish, which is the language of everyone in Turkey, an omnipresent language (administration, media, etc.), in a country that practices assimilation, by not recognizing other languages or even banning them.
Today more and more parents of Lazi origin speak Turkish with their children, and we can really classify Lazis among the endangered languages.
Kartvelian languages and the Laz
There are three Caucasian language families spoken by 7 million speakers, by populations that could be classified as Adighean, Pre-Asian, and Eastern-Caucasian.
This name concerning these languages spoken by the populations of the Caucasus, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, is more geographical than genetic. These languages are in the North-West the Abkhazo-Adighean languages, in the North-East the Nakho-Dagestanese languages, and in the South the Kartvelian languages.
Laz, Mingrelian, Georgian and Svane belong to the family of southern Caucasic languages (Kartvelic or Kartvelian).
In this language family, Georgian has had a literary language for fifteen hundred years, the other three languages have remained exclusively oral languages for much longer, since it was not until the 19th century that they began to be written.
The Laz, who were Islamized at the end of the 16th century, draw their resources from the earth. They cultivate corn, tea, hazelnuts and apples for example.