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Turkey was home to many now extinct languages, including the Hittite language –

the earliest Indo-European language for which written evidence exists.



Turkish is the only official language of Turkey, but it is far from the only language spoken there.

Unfortunately, many of the minority languages are on the decline.

Some, like the Laz language, are slowly but surely moving toward extinction.

Laz is a South Caucasian language that is spoken by anywhere from 200,000 to just 30,000 people in Turkey. The Laz are the descendents of the ancient Colchis empire, where Jason and the Argonauts went hunting for the Golden Fleece. 

Now, this ancient language appears to be declining. In school, children are taught in Turkish as required by law, and they speak the Laz language less and less outside house

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