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Svan speakers in the Phrasebase community
Extinct: no
Family: Caucasian
Branch: Kartvelian
Continent: Asia
Country: Georgia
Region: none
Countries Where Spoken: 35,000 (1975).
Countries Where Official: Georgia
Native Speakers: 35,000
Speakers Total: 35,000
Phrasebase members who speak Svan at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Svan at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Svan: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Svan: 0
Three Letter Code: SVA
Alternative Names: LUSHNU, SVANURI
Summary: Georgian and Russian are used as literary languages. Svan is used in daily family communication. Proficiency limited among young people. Reports indicate that speakers want to remain separate from Georgian. Their name for their language is "Lushnu". Not a written language. Traditional territory and way of life. Christian, Jewish (Lakhamul).

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