Southern Uzbek language
|اوزبیکچه, اوزبیکی, اوزبیک تورکچه|
|L1: 5 million (2021)|
L2: 0.5 million
Official language in
|Afghanistan (3rd most spoken language)|
|Regulated by||Afghan Ministry of Education|
Southern Uzbek, also known as Afghan Uzbek, is the southern variant of the Uzbek language and an official language of Afghanistan where it is based and has up to 6 million speakers. It uses the Perso-Arabic writing system in contrast to the language variant of Uzbekistan.
Southern Uzbek is intelligible with the Northern Uzbek spoken in Uzbekistan to a certain degree. However it has differences in grammar and also many more loan words from Afghan Persian (in which many Southern Uzbek speakers are proficient).
Southern Uzbek Alphabet
Southern Uzbek is written using the Perso-Arabic writing system called Arab Yozuv ("Arab Script"). Although it contains the same 32 letters which are used in Persian, it pronounces many of them in a different way.
- ^ Southern Uzbek at Ethnologue (25th ed., 2022)
- ^ Scott Newton (20 November 2014). Law and the Making of the Soviet World: The Red Demiurge. Routledge. p. 232. ISBN 978-1-317-92978-9.
- ^ "Uzbek, Southern".
- Online Dictionary