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Gagauz dili, Гагауз дили
Spoken in Moldova, Ukraine, Russia
Region Gagauzia
Total speakers 162,200[1]
Language family Altaic[2] (controversial)
Official status
Official language in  Gagauzia
Recognised minority language in  Moldova
Regulated by No official regulation
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 tut
ISO 639-3 gag

The Gagauz language (Gagauz dili) is a Turkic language, spoken by the Gagauz people, and the official language of Gagauzia, Republic of Moldova. There are two dialects, Bulgar Gagauzi and Maritime Gagauzi. This is a different language from Balkan Gagauz Turkish [3]



Originally, it used the Greek script. Beginning in 1957, the Cyrillic alphabet was used. The current Gagauz script is a Latin-based alphabet, modelled after Turkish, with the addition of two letters, "ä" (to represent the sound of "ə", as in Azeri) and "ţ" (to represent the same sound in Romanian/Moldovan, as well as the same sound in Russian.)

Cyrillic alphabet

А а Ä ä Б б В в Г г Д д Е е Ё ё
Ж ж Ӂ ӂ З з И и Й й К к Л л М м
Н н О о Ö ö П п Р р С с Т т У у
Ӱ ӱ Ф ф Х х Ц ц Ч ч Ш ш Щ щ Ъ ъ
Ы ы Ь ь Э э Ю ю Я я

Latin alphabet

А а Ä ä B b C c Ç ç D d Е е F f
G g H h I ı İ i J j K k L l M m
N n O o Ö ö Р р R r S s Ş ş T t
Ţ ţ U u Ü ü V v Y y Z z


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  2. ^ "[1] Ethnologue"
  3. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Further reading

  • Ulutaş, İsmail. 2004. Relative clauses in Gagauz syntax. Istanbul: Isis Press. ISBN 9754282838
  • Shabashov A.V., 2002, Odessa, Astroprint, "Gagauzes: terms of kinship system and origin of the people", (Шабашов А.В., "Гагаузы: система терминов родства и происхождение народа")

See also

Gagauzia Flag

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