Information from: “Homshetsma: The Language of the Homshetsma, The language of the Armenians of Hamshen” . Bert Vaux (2007) , Hovann H Simonian · Routledge
20 percent certain, based on the evidence available
"relatively large numbers"
"The western Hemshinli speak only Turkish, though they preserve a fair number of Homshetsma words, toponyms and family names ... [T]he eastern Hemshinli and northern Homshentsik ... continue to speak Homshetsma in relatively large numbers up to the present day."
LANGUAGE CONTEXT COMMENTS
"One eastern Hemshinli noted that when he lived in Istanbul, his Armenian friends from Kayseri referred to his speech variety as ‘bird language’. It is interesting to note in this context that some Armenian groups use the term ‘bird language’ to refer to secret languages."
Scripts (Writing system)
More on Orthography
"In 1995 a native speaker and [Bert Vaux] designed an orthographic system for Homshetsma – which up until that time had possessed only a spoken form."
Turkey; Georgia; Russia
"[Eastern Hemshinli/Homshetsik] live in the province of Artvin (with smaller numbers dispersed elsewhere in Turkey, Central Asia and Europe)... Northern Homshentsik, the descendants of non-Islamicized Hamshen Armenians formerly of the provinces of Samsun, Ordu, Giresun and Trabzon, [now] live in Georgia and Russia."
Information from: “Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger” . Christopher Moseley (ed.) (2010) UNESCO Publishing
North-eastern Turkey; earlier also adjacent Georgia, from where deported to Central Asia; an outlying dialect of (Western) Armenian not listed separately by the SIL.
Information from: “Paternal Lineage Analysis Supports An Armenian Rather Than A Central Asian Genetic Origin Of The Hamshenis” . Ashot Margaryan and Ashot Harutyunyan and Zaruhi Khachatryan and Armine Khudoyan and Levon Yepiskoposyan
"Presently [Hamshenis] mainly inhabit the Black Sea coastal areas of Turkey, Russia, and Georgia and also have smaller communities in Armenia and Central Asia (the latter being the consequence of forced migration from Soviet Georgia in 1944). Together the Russian and Georgian populations consist of approximately 150,000 individuals (Kuznetsov 1995)."