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To the anonymous user 184.108.40.206: your numbers and the statement about ethnic identity do not agree with the sources I have found, including the paper listed in the page. If you disagree, please provide supporting references.
Jorge Stolfi 04:25, 4 May 2004 (UTC)
- To 213.157.193.*: apparently the facts (esp. numbers of speakers) which you have repeatedly placed on this page are in disagreement with the sources originally found by the authors of this article. Please either state here your sources and/or your rationale for continually placing these facts here or cease continued altering of this page. -- Grunt 01:36, 2004 Jun 14 (UTC)
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Number of Speakers
I wonder about the number of speakers. What's the source for the number given in the page? Ethnologue gives 33,000 speakers (1980), Andrews (1989) gives 45,000 speakers, Feuerstein (1983) 250,000 speakers, Holisky (1991) estimates it between 50,000 and 500,000. I'll change it to 45,000 to 500,000, since that's what's more credible, plus it's sourced. — N-true 21:24, 23 January 2007
-- I'm one of those few speakers of the Laz language, I certainly do not agree with any of those numbers has been presented here, it is very difficult to determine such a number. It is more likely to say that there are not more then a million in total all around the world, (that still probably can not include the fact that there are Laz's who are not aware of their origins), in fact the new generation usually denies speaking the Laz language...
I think it's of more interest to readers of this article how many people actually speak the language currently, not how many people might have some Lazo-Mingrelian blood and not be aware of it. The Laz cultural article is the place for a broader estimate of Laz, conscious and unconscious... eliotbates (talk) 05:23, 9 January 2008 (UTC)
I wonder if there is any connection between Pontic Greeks and Laz people? Are there any similarity to Greek in the Laz language? Zapaorjdik 15:26, 21 June 2007 (UTC)
--- I guess it is not only you who wonders that. It has been centuries that people look for behind the scene to find a connection between those two, but the only relation is that the Colchis was once part of the Eastern Byzantium, further, genetically or linguistically spoken there is not any relation (just borrowed some words and legends...)... However just around a century ago around the time of Laz's convertion from Christianity to the Islam, and the creation of the Turkish Republic, the most of the last Christian Laz's moved to the Greece... Which actually makes the confusion between the two subjects...The present region of the Laz's still contains a very colourful harmony of different folcs...
So same story can also be criticised about the relation between Pontics and the Ermenians of that region, in fact Ermenians are splitted in two major groups, with a little difference; The western Ermenians who denies the eastern part(Christian ones) and the eastern Ermenians who denies the Western part(Islam converted) who do live at the same region as the Pontic was and the Laz is... Those two folcs are more likely look like eachother rather then a Laz would look like to a Pontic...
--- But there always can be exceptions on every subject.
Don't underestimate the huge number of microethnicities that have been able to survive as mostly distinct cultures for over a millennium in Anatolia (Hemşin, Zaza, Assyrian, Laz, etc.)... Just because there was territorial overlap that's no reason to assume they're ethnically connected or culturally similar in any prominent way... eliotbates (talk) 05:26, 9 January 2008 (UTC)
ლაზური ენა-- Laz Language
To "N-True": მაზურ ნენა is what you had written as a choice for a Georgian version of the term "Laz Language". However ნენა is not the correct word (it means something like "cutie")-- you mean ლაზური ენა, which means Laz Language. ენა means "language or tounge".
- Dear 220.127.116.11, Please have a closer look at that line, it says that "მაზურ ნენა" is the Laz name for the language itself, and in Laz, the word for language is indeed spelled ნენა (nena). — N-true (talk) 19:28, 7 February 2008 (UTC)
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