Batsbi (ბაცბურ მოტტ)

Batsbi is a member of the Nakh branch of the Northeast Caucasian (aka Nakh-Daghestanian) languages spoken by about approximately 500 ethnic Georgians of the Tsova-Tush clan, mainly in Zemo Alvani (ზემო ალვანი), a village on the Kakhetian Plain in the Akhmeta district (ახმეტა) in eastern Georgia. There are also some Batsbi speakers in Tbilisi and other Georgian towns.

Batsbi, which is also known as Bats or Tsova-Tush, is related to Chechen and Ingush, though is not mutually intelligible with them. It is written with an adapted version of the standard Georgian Mkhedruli script, with geminate characters for long vowels and consonants, and the added characters ჴ, ჵ, ჸ, ჲ and ჼ.

Batsbi alphabet and pronunciation

Batsbi alphabet and pronunciation

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Information and corrections by Wolfram Siegel and Jesse Wichers Schreur

Sample videos in Batsbi

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Information about Batsbi language and people

Northeast Caucasian languages

Aghul, Akhvakh, Andi, Archi, Avar, Bagvalal, Batsbi, Bezhta, Botlikh, Budukh, Caucasian Albanian, Chamalal, Chechen, Dargwa, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, Kaitag, Karata, Khinalug, Khwarshi, Kryts, Kubachi, Lak, Lezgian, Rutul, Tabassaran, Tindi, Tsakhur, Tsez, Udi

Languages written with the Georgian alphabet

Abkhaz, Batsbi, Georgian, Laz, Mingrelian, Svan

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