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.
Information and corrections by Wolfram Siegel and Jesse Wichers Schreur
Information about Batsbi language and people
Aghul, Akhvakh, Andi, Archi, Avar, Bagvalal, Batsbi, Bezhta, Botlikh, Budukh, Caucasian Albanian, Chamalal, Chechen, Dargwa, Godoberi, Hinukh, Hunzib, Ingush, Karata, Khinalug, Khwarshi, Kryts, Kubachi, Lak, Lezgian, Rutul, Tabassaran, Tindi, Tsakhur, Tsez, Udi
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