Speech of Mazandaran Population with Georgian Origins: Dialectological Material


  • Tamar Demetrashvili G. Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies of Ilia State University
  • Paata Japaridze Akaki Tsereteli State University
  • Zviad Tskhvediani Akaki Tsereteli State University


The Georgian Population in Mazandaran, Mazandarani Speech


The monograph “Speech, Lifestyle and Culture of the Population of Georgian Origin in Mazandaran” was published in 2017. The work is the first attempt for the complex exploration of the mentioned issue. The work was co-financed by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation as part of the state research grant for fundamental research projects N FR/409/2-141/13. The authors of the work are Paata Japaridze (head of research), Grigol Beradze, Tamar Demetrashvili, Giorgi Gotsiridze, David Shavianidze, Zviad Tskhvediani.

The work submits samples of Mazanderani speech recorded and filed in the city of Behshahra, settlement of Gori Mahale and village of Asiabsar of the Mazandaran Province. We have recorded texts in 2014-2016. We have obtained linguistic and ethnographic materials from representatives of the surnames of Heidari, Siamiani, Nosratola, Eshaki and Iliasi. Fieldworks were planned in the village of Kusane Gorji, mentioned in sources. It should be noted that the toponym of Kusane Gori has disappeared. Asiabsar is located between the villages of Rostam Qola and Gorji Mahale. Families of the Surname of Iliasi (Iliasi Gorji) of Georgian origin live in Asiabsar.

Georgians of Mazandaran speak both Mazandaran and Persian languages. In general, the Persian language makes serious influence on Mazanderani language.

This article introduces dialectic material (4 texts, including the unpublished one: Sang mar mar b?zi – “Playing Beads” and b?j?l b?zi – “Playing Dibs”) with translation and lexical-grammar interpretations, which also include unpublished additional information concerning o?uz b?zi.

Texts reflect the eastern dialect of Mazandaran language, namely, Mazanderani speech of local population of Georgian origin and this is an interesting aspect for linguistic and socio-linguistic research of Mazanderani language.