|Subclass of||Karluk languages|
|Part of||Turkic languages|
|Location||Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Turkey, People's Republic of China|
|ISO 639-1 code|
Uzbek (oʻzbek tili or oʻzbekcha in Latin script; ўзбек тили or ўзбекча in Cyrillic script; اوزبیک تیلی or اوزبیکچه in Arabic script) is a Turkic language and the official (state) language of Uzbekistan, and one of the three official languages in Afghanistan. It is a widely spoken language in Central Asia. Uzbek has more than 32 million native speakers globally and is spoken by the Uzbeks in Uzbekistan, and elsewhere in Central Asia. Uzbek belongs to the Eastern Turkic, or Karluk, language group of the Altaic language family. The Uzbek language gets its lexicon and grammar mostly from Turkic languages. Other influences rose from Persian, Arabic and Russian. Along with Uyghur it used to be named as Türkiy or Chighatay Türkiy tili before 1924, when the latter was divided into Uzbek (in Soviet Union) and Uyghur in China. One of the most distinguishing aspects of Uzbek from other Turkic languages is its rounding of the vowel.
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