Karamanli Turkish (Καραμανλήδικα)

Karamanli Turkish is a variety of Anatolian Turkish that was spoken by the Karamanlides, Turkish-speaking Orthodox Christians who lived in Ottoman Turkey until 1923. During the exchanges of populations between Turkey and Greece in 1923, the Karamanlides were sent to Greece, and some of them continued to speak Karamanli Turkish.

Karamanli Turkish was written with the Greek alphabet and many publications were produced during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Karamanlides were known as Zımmiyan-ı Karaman or Karamaniyan in Turkish, and their language as Karamanlıca or Karamanlı Türkçesi.

Greek alphabet for Karamanli Turkish

Greek alphabet for Karamanli Turkish

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Sample text

Sample text in Karamanli Turkish

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gospel_in_many_tongues_-_Osmanli_Turkish,_Greek_characters_-_1912_-_page_98.png


Zira Allah dünyayi bu kadar sevdi ki, kendi biricik oğlunu verdi, taki her ona hinanan, zay holmaya, hilla hebedi hayata malik hola.


For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Details provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Information about Karamanli Turkish

Turkic languages

Altay, Äynu, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Chagatai, Chelkan, Chulym, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Dolgan, Fuyu Kyrgyz, Gagauz, Ili Turki, Karachay-Balkar, Karaim, Karakalpak, Karamanli Turkish, Kazakh, Khakas, Khalaj, Khorasani Turkic, Krymchak, Kumandy, Kumyk, Kyrgyz, Lop, Nogai, Old Turkic, Qashqai, Romanian Tatar, Salar, Shor, Siberian Tatar, Soyot, Tatar, Teleut, Tofa, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Urum, Uyghur, Uzbek, Western Yugur, Yakut (Sakha)

Languages written with the Greek alphabet

Arvanitic, Bactrian, Cypriot Arabic, Greek, Griko, Karamanli Turkish, Tsakonian

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