Gagauz language ( Gagauz dili) is a Turkic language spoken mainly by the Gagauz people and the official language of the autonomous Moldovan region of Gagauzia. Gagauz has two dialects, Bulgar Gagauzi and Maritime Gagauzi. Gagauz is a distinct language from Balkan Gagauz Turkish. [2 ]
Alphabet [ edit ]
It appears that, the first alphabet to be used for the language was the
Greek alphabet, in the late [3 ] 19th century. For example, orientalist Otto Blau claims that plays of Euripides had been translated into the Gagauz language and had been written with Greek letters. [4 ]
Beginning in 1957,
Cyrillic was used. The current Gagauz alphabet is a Latin-based alphabet, modeled after the modern Turkish alphabet, with the addition of two letters: 〈ä 〉 to represent the sound of [æ] (as 〈ə 〉 in Azeri) and 〈ț 〉 or 〈ţ 〉 to represent the sound [ts] (as in Romanian).
Latin alphabet [ edit ]
Cyrillic alphabet (historical) [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Gagauz reference at (17th ed., 2013) Ethnologue
^ Lewis, M. Paul (ed.) (2009). "Language Family Trees: Altaic, Turkic, Southern, Turkish". Ethnologue: Languages of the World. Dallas, TX: SIL International . Retrieved 2011-04-29.
^ M. Ciachir. Basarabialâ gagauzlarân istoriassi / Chișinău: 1933, p. 133
^ Măcriș, Anatol. Găgăuzii / Bucharest: Editura PACO, 2008, p. 71.
Further reading [ edit ]
Ulutaş, İsmail. 2004.
Relative clauses in Gagauz syntax. Istanbul: Isis Press. ISBN 975-428-283-8 Shabashov A.V., 2002, Odessa, Astroprint,
"Gagauzes: terms of kinship system and origin of the people", (Шабашов А.В., "Гагаузы: система терминов родства и происхождение народа")
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