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Uzbek
oʻzbekcha, oʻzbek tili, оʻзбекча, оʻзбек тили, اوزبیکچه, اوزبیک تیلی
Native to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, China
Ethnicity Uzbeks
Native speakers 32 million  (2017)e18
Language family
Turkic
Early forms:
Middle Turkic
Writing system Latin, Cyrillic and Arabic (used in Afghanistan and China), Uzbek Braille
(Uzbek alphabets)
Official status
Official language in  Uzbekistan
 Afghanistan (3rd official language)
Recognised minority language in
Regulated by Tashkent State University of Uzbek language and literature
Linguasphere 44-AAB-da, db
A map, showing that Uzbek is spoken throughout Uzbekistan, except the western third (where Karakalpak dominates) and northern Afghanistan
Dark blue = majority; light blue = minority

Uzbek (O'zbek tili or O'zbekcha in Latin script, Ўзбек тили or Ўзбекча in Cyrillic script, أۇزبېك تیلی in Arabic script) is a Turkic language. It is the official language of Uzbekistan. It has about 40 million native speakers. It is spoken by the Uzbeks in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia. Uzbek belongs to the southeastern Turkic or Uyghur family of Turkic languages.



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