Gagauz

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A language of Moldova

Alternate Names
Gagauzi
Population

138,000 in Moldova (2000). Population total all countries: 173,920.

Location

Comrat, Ceadîr-Lunga, Basarabeasca, Taraclia and Vulcânsti areas and towns.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity in in Gagauzia (1994, Constitution, Articles 3(1), 3(2)).

Dialects

Bulgar Gagauzi, Maritime Gagauzi. Reportedly similar to Turkish [tur], but uses Russian Orthodox Christian religious vocabulary in contrast to Islamic vocabulary of Turkish.

Language Use

89% speak it as L1.

Language Development
NT: 2006.
Writing

Cyrillic script [Cyrl], primary usage. Greek script [Grek], used until 1957. Latin script [Latn], used in Romania.

Other Comments

Christian.

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