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Uyghur
ئۇيغۇرچە‎ / ئۇيغۇر تىلى‎
Pronunciation [ʔʊjˈʁʊrtʃɛ]
Native to China (Xinjiang), Kazakhstan
Native speakers 8–11 million  (2005–2007)
Language family
Turkic
  • Karluk
    • Uyghur
Writing system Arabic-based script, in the past other Uyghur alphabets
Official status
Official language in China (Xinjiang)
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.

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