Karto-Zan languages

The Karto-Zan languages, also known as Georgian-Zan, are a branch of the Kartvelian language family that contains the Georgian and Zan languages. The Svan language forms the other branch of the Kartvelian family, showing characteristic differences from the Karto-Zan group.[1] It has been hypothesized that the divergence between Svan and Proto-Kartvelian goes back as far as the 19th century BCE. Georgian and Zan on the other hand diversified from Proto-Georgian-Zan during the 7th century BCE.[2] Both languages share common archaic words related to metallurgy and agriculture absent in Svan.

South Caucasus, Anatolia, Israel
Linguistic classificationKartvelian
  • Karto-Zan

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