[gag] Comrat, Ceadîr-Lunga, Basarabeasca, Taraclia and Vulcânsti areas and towns. 138,000 in Moldova (2000). Population total all countries: 173,920. Status: 5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in in Gagauzia (1994, Constitution, Articles 3(1), 3(2)). Alternate Names: Gagauzi Dialects: Bulgar Gagauzi, Maritime Gagauzi. Reportedly similar to Turkish [tur], but uses Russian Orthodox Christian religious vocabulary in contrast to Islamic vocabulary of Turkish. Classification: Altaic, Turkic, Southern, Turkish Comments: Christian.
Moldova Sign Language
[ron] Widespead. 2,660,000 in Moldova (1979 census). Status: 1 (National). Statutory national language (1994, Constitution, Art 13(1)). Alternate Names: Moldavan, Romanian, Roumanian, Rumanian Dialects: Banat, Bayash, Chrishana, Maramuresh, Muntenian (Muntean, Walachian), Oltenia-Lesser Wallachia (Oltean). Classification: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Eastern Comments: Officially language name is Moldovan. Christian.
[rmn] Moldova; Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine. 12,000 in Moldova (Johnstone 1993). Status: 6a (Vigorous). Alternate Names: Gypsy Classification: Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan, Central zone, Romani, Balkan Comments: Ethnic groups: Ursári (Moldova), Karamítika (Ukraine), Romá (Crimean Peninsula). Muslim.