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Uzbek
Oʻzbek, Ўзбек, اوزبیک
Native to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Russia, China
Native speakers 25 million  (2007)
Language family
Turkic
  • Karluk
    • Uzbek
Writing system Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic
Official status
Official language in
  • Uzbekistan
Language codes
ISO 639-1 uz
ISO 639-2 uzb
ISO 639-3 uzb


Uzbek (oʻzbek tili or oʻzbekcha in Latin script; ўзбек тили or ўзбекча in Cyrillic script; اوزبیک تیلی or اوزبیکچه in Arabic script) is a Turkic language and the official language of Uzbekistan. It has anywhere between 20 and 26 million native speakers and is spoken by the Uzbeks in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia. Uzbek belongs to the Eastern Turkic, or Karluk, language group of the Altaic language family. The Uzbek language gets its lexicon and grammar mostly from Turkic languages. Other influences rose from Persian, Arabic and Russian. One of the most distinguishing aspects of Uzbek from other Turkic languages is its rounding of the vowel /a/ to /ɒ/ or /ɔ/, a feature that was influenced by Persian.

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