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Uyghur Language
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1. Uyghur

Uyghur (also spelled Uighur), natively uyγur tili or uyγurčä (Chinese Wéiwú’ěryǔ 維吾爾語) is a Turkic language spoken by approximately ten million people in Xīnjiāng who form the largest minority group there (figure 1). In Xīnjiāng, designated an autonomous region of China, Uyghur is co-official with Mandarin Chinese. It is also used as a lingua franca by other local minorities such as Kazakhs, Kyrgy…

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Elisabetta RAGAGNIN, “Uyghur Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000435>
First published online: 2015

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