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Kazakh
қазақ тілі, qazaq tili, قازاق تىلى
Pronunciation [qɑˈzɑq tɘˈlɘ]
Native to Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Russia, Iran
Native speakers 11.0 million  (2007)
Language family
Turkic
  • Kipchak
    • Kipchak–Nogay
      • Kazakh
Writing system Cyrillic, Latin, Perso-Arabic
Official status
Official language in
  • Kazakhstan
    *Russia(Altai Republic)
Language codes
ISO 639-1 kk
ISO 639-2 kaz
ISO 639-3 kaz



Kazakh (also Qazaq, Qazaqşa and variants, natively Қазақ тілі, Qazaq tili, قازاق ٴتىلى‎; pronounced [qɑˈzɑq tɘˈlɘ]) is a Turkic language which belongs to the Kipchak (or Western Turkic) branch of the Turkic languages, closely related to Nogai and Karakalpak.

Kazakh is an agglutinative language, and it employs vowel harmony.

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