Uzbek language

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Uzbek
O'zbek, Ўзбек, أۇزبېك
Native to

 Uzbekistan

 Kyrgyzstan

 Afghanistan

 Kazakhstan

 Turkmenistan

 Tajikistan

 Russia

 China
Native speakers 40 million  (2012)
Language family
Writing system Uzbek alphabet
Official status
Official language in  Uzbekistan
Language codes
ISO 639-1 uz
ISO 639-2 uzb
ISO 639-3 uzbinclusive code
Individual codes:
uzn – Northern Uzbek
uzs – Southern Uzbek

Uzbek (O'zbek tili or O'zbekcha in Latin script, Ўзбек тили or Ўзбекча in Cyrillic script; أۇزبېك تیلی in Arabic script) is a Turkic language. It is the official language of Uzbekistan. It has about 40 million native speakers. It is spoken by the Uzbeks in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia. Uzbek belongs to the southeastern Turkic or Uyghur family of Turkic languages.