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Ottoman Turkish
لسان عثمانىlisân-ı Osmânî
Region Ottoman Empire
Era Reformed into Modern Turkish in 1928
Language family
  • Oghuz
    • Ottoman Turkish
Early forms:
Old Anatolian Turkish
  • Ottoman Turkish
Writing system Ottoman Turkish alphabet
Official status
Official language in Cretan State
Khedivate of Egypt
Ottoman Empire
Provisional National Government of the Southwestern Caucasus
Provisional Government of Western Thrace
Turkish Provisional Government
Linguist List ota

Ottoman Turkish /ˈɒtəmən/, or the Ottoman language (لسان عثمانىLisân-ı Osmânî) (also known as تركچهTürkçe or تركیTürkî, "Turkish"), is the variety of the Turkish language that was used in the Ottoman Empire bewteen the 13th and 20th centuries. It was heavily influenced by Arabic and Persian. It was written in the Ottoman Turkish alphabet. When the Ottoman Empire was at its most powerful, Persian and Arabic words made up to 88% of its vocabulary. Words of Arabic origins heavily outnumbered native Turkish words.

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