Gagauz

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A language of Moldova

Alternate Names
Gagauzi
Population

115,000 (2014 census). Ethnic population: 126,000 (2014 census). Total users in all countries: 566,720.

Location

Basarabeasca, Cahul, Cantemir, Cimislia, Criuleni, Gagauzia, Leova, and Taraclia districts; Ceadîr-Lunga City, Chisinau City, and Vulcanesti City.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory language of provincial identity 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
Grammar. 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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