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|ئۇيغۇرچە / ئۇيغۇر تىلى|
|Native to||China (Xinjiang), Kazakhstan|
|Native speakers||8–11 million (2005–2007)|
|Writing system||Arabic-based script, in the past other Uyghur alphabets|
|Official language in||China (Xinjiang)|
|Regulated by||Working Committee of Ethnic Language and Writing of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region|
Geographical extent of Uyghur in China
Uyghur (ئۇيغۇرچە, Uyghurche), formerly known as Eastern Turkish, is a Turkic language with 8 to 11 million speakers, spoken primarily by the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China.
- Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
- Dwyer, Arienne (2001), "Uyghur", in Garry, Jane; Rubino, Carl, Facts About the World's Languages, H. W. Wilson, pp. 12–13, ISBN 978-0-8242-0970-4
- In English, the name of the ethnicity and its language is spelled variously as Uyghur, Uighur, Uygur and Uigur, with the preferred spelling being Uyghur. Many English speakers pronounce it as /ˈwiː.ɡər/, though the native pronunciation is [ʔʊjˈʁʊr]. See Mair, Victor (13 July 2009). "A Little Primer of Xinjiang Proper Nouns". Language Log. http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1576. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
- Its name in other languages in which it might be often referred to is as follows: