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ئۇيغۇرچە / ئۇيغۇر تىلى
Uyghur written in Perso-Arabic script
Native to Xinjiang, China
Ethnicity Uyghur
Native speakers 25 million  (2016)e18
Language family
Early forms:
Writing system Arabic (official, Uyghur alphabet)
Official status
Official language in  China
Regulated by Working Committee of Ethnic Language and Writing of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Uyghur is spoken in Northwest China
Geographical extent of Uyghur in China

Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە, Uyghurche; formerly known as Eastern Turkish) is a Turkic language with 8 to 11 million speakers, spoken primarily by the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China. There are several writing systems used to write Uyghur. While Uyghurs usually use the Uyghur alphabet, an alphabet based on the Arabic alphabet, there are also two Latin and one Cyrillic alphabet that can be used to write Uyghur.

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