Gagauz is a Turkic language spoken by about 150,000 people in
Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Kazakhstan.
Gagauz was originally written with a version of the
Greek alphabet. In 1957 the Cyrillic alphabet
was adopted in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, and a version of
the Latin alphabet based on the Turkish
alphabet is used in Moldova, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey
Gagauz Latin alphabet (gagauz alfaviti)
G, K and L are palatalized / palatal before ä, e, i, ö and ü
h = [h] at the beginning of words
The letter Ţ ţ is only used in loanwords
Gagauz Cyrillic alphabet (гагауз алфавити)
В, Г, К & Л are palatalized / palatal before ä, е, и, ö and ÿ
Е = je and Ё = [jo] at the beginning of words, after ъ and after vowels
The letters in blue are only used in Russian names and loanwords
Sample text in Gagauz (Latin alphabet)
Insannar hepsi duuêrlar serbest hem birtakım kendi kıymetindä hem haklarında. Onnara verilmiş akıl hem üz da läazım biri-birinä davransınnar kardaşlık ruhuna uygun.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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