Crimean Tatar language

Crimean Tatar (qırımtatar tili, къырымтатар тили) also called Crimean (qırım tili, къырым тили),[1] is a Kipchak Turkic language spoken in Crimea and the Crimean Tatar diasporas of Uzbekistan, Turkey, Romania and Bulgaria, as well as small communities in the United States and Canada. It should not be confused with Tatar proper, spoken in Tatarstan and adjacent regions in Russia; the languages are related, but belong to two different subgroups of the Kipchak languages and thus are not mutually intelligible. It has been extensively influenced by nearby Oghuz dialects. Speakers of the northern dialect calls his language Tatarşa or Tatar tĭlĭ (Tatar tili) wich means Tatar language.[7][8][9] In Sources of Gülzade Kaçamak and Alperen Kırım is this text found: "Türkiye`de Tatarca degende Kırım Tatarcası annaşıla. Kartlarımız ep Tatarca diyler. Kırım`da Kırımtatarca diyler. Mesele tuvul. Epsinin bir bolganın bılemiz." wich means "Crimean Tatar is understood when Tatar is spoken in Turkey. Our elders always say Tatar. In Crimea, they call it Crimean Tatar. No problem. We know that they are all one."[8]

Crimean Tatar
Crimean
qırımtatar tili, къырымтатар тили
qırım tili, къырым тили
Tatarşa, Tatar tĭlĭ (Tatar tili)
Crimean Tatar.svg
Crimean Tatar in Latin, Cyrillic, and Arabic Nastaliq scripts.
Native toUkraine, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Romania, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus
RegionEastern Europe
EthnicityCrimean Tatars
Native speakers
540,000 (2006–2011)[1]
According to different informations: 4.024.114 (or 6.524.114)[2]
Turkic
Latin and Cyrillic; previously Arabic (Crimean Tatar alphabet)
Official status
Official language in
 Republic of Crimea[3] (Russia)
 Autonomous Republic of Crimea[3] (Ukraine)
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2crh
ISO 639-3crh
Glottologcrim1257
ELPCrimean Tatar
Crymean Tatar lang.png
Crimean Tatar-speaking world
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"Welcome to Crimea" (Qırımğa hoş keldiñiz!) written in Crimean Tatar Cyrillic, airport bus, Simferopol International Airport
Crimean Tatar Latin script on a plate in Bakhchisaray in 2009, along with Ukrainian
Crimean Tatar Latin script sign in Saky Raion in 2021, along with Russian and Ukrainian
An example of Crimean Tatar Arabic script

A long-term ban on the study of the Crimean Tatar language following the deportation of the Crimean Tatars by the Soviet government has led to the fact that at the moment UNESCO ranked the Crimean Tatar language among the languages under serious threat of extinction (severely endangered).[10]

Number of speakersEdit

Today, more than 260,000 Crimean Tatars live in Crimea. Approximately 150,000 reside in Central Asia (mainly in Uzbekistan), where their ancestors had been deported in 1944 during World War II by the Soviet Union. However, of all these people, mostly the older generations are the only ones still speaking Crimean Tatar.[11] In 2013, the language was estimated to be on the brink of extinction, being taught in only around 15 schools in Crimea. Turkey has provided support to Ukraine, to aid in bringing the schools teaching in Crimean Tatar to a modern state.[12] An estimated 5 million people of Crimean origin live in Turkey, descendants of those who emigrated in the 19th and early 20th centuries.[citation needed] Of these an estimated 2,000 still speak the language.[11] Smaller Crimean Tatar communities are also found in Romania (22,000), Bulgaria (6,000), and the United States.[11] Crimean Tatar is one of the seriously endangered languages in Europe.[13]

Almost all Crimean Tatars are bilingual or multilingual, using as their first language the dominant languages of their respective home countries, such as Russian, Turkish, Romanian, Uzbek, Bulgarian or Ukrainian.

Classification and dialectsEdit

A speaker of Crimean Tatar, recorded in Romania.

The Crimean Tatar language consists of three dialects. The standard language is written in the middle dialect (bağçasaray, orta yolaq), which is part of the otherwise largely extinct Kipchak-Cuman branch and is the most commonly spoken dialect.[citation needed] There is also the southern dialect, also known as the coastal dialect (yalıboyu, cenübiy), which is in the Oghuz branch spoken in Turkey and Azerbaijan,[14] and the northern dialect, also known as nogai dialect (noğay, çöl, şimaliy), which is in the Kipchak-Nogai branch spoken in Kazakhstan.[citation needed]

Crimean Tatar has a unique position among the Turkic languages, because its three "dialects" belong to three different (sub)groups of Turkic. This makes the classification of Crimean Tatar as a whole difficult.[citation needed]

Volga TatarEdit

Because of its common name, Crimean Tatar is sometimes mistaken to be a dialect of Tatar proper, or both being two dialects of the same language.[citation needed] However, Tatar spoken in Tatarstan and the Volga-Ural region of Russia belongs to the different Bulgaric (Russian: кыпчакско-булгарская) subgroup of the Kipchak languages,[citation needed] and its closest relative is Bashkir. Both Volga Tatar and Bashkir differ notably from Crimean Tatar, particularly because of the specific Volga-Ural Turkic vocalism and historical shifts.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

The formation period of the Crimean Tatar spoken dialects began with the first Turkic invasions of Crimea by Cumans and Pechenegs and ended during the period of the Crimean Khanate. However, the official written languages of the Crimean Khanate were Chagatai and Ottoman Turkish. After Islamization, Crimean Tatars wrote with an Arabic script.

In 1876, the different Turkic Crimean dialects were made into a uniform written language by Ismail Gasprinski. A preference was given to the Oghuz dialect of the Yalıboylus, in order to not break the link between the Crimeans and the Turks of the Ottoman Empire. In 1928, the language was reoriented to the middle dialect spoken by the majority of the people.

In 1928, the alphabet was replaced with the Uniform Turkic Alphabet based on the Latin script. The Uniform Turkic Alphabet was replaced in 1938 by a Cyrillic alphabet. During the 1990s and 2000s, the government of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea under Ukraine encouraged replacing the script with a Latin version again, but the Cyrillic has still been widely used (mainly in published literature, newspapers and education). The current Latin-based Crimean Tatar alphabet is the same as the Turkish alphabet, with two additional characters: Ñ ñ and Q q. Currently, in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, all official communications and education in Crimean Tatar are conducted exclusively in the Cyrillic alphabet.[15]

PhonologyEdit

VowelsEdit

Front Back
UR R UR R
Close i y ɯ u
Mid/open e ø ɑ o

The vowel system of Crimean Tatar is similar to some other Turkic languages.[16] Because high vowels in Crimean Tatar are short and reduced, /i/ and /ɯ/ are realized close to [ɪ], even though they are phonologically distinct.[17]

ConsonantsEdit

Labial Dental/
Alveolar
Post-
alveolar
Velar Uvular
Nasal m n ŋ
Stop p b t d t͡ʃ d͡ʒ k ɡ q
Fricative f v s z ʃ x ɣ
Trill r
Approximants l j

In addition to these phonemes, Crimean also displays marginal phonemes that occur in borrowed words, especially palatalized consonants.[18]

The southern (coastal) dialect substitutes /x/ for /q/, e.g. standard qara 'black', southern xara.[19] At the same time the southern and some central dialects preserve glottal /h/ which is pronounced /x/ in the standard language.[19] The northern dialect on the contrary lacks /x/ and /f/, substituting /q/ for /x/ and /p/ for /f/.[19] The northern /v/ is usually [w], often in the place of /ɣ/, compare standard dağ and northern taw 'mountain' (also in other Oghuz and Kipchak languages, such as Azerbaijani: dağ and Kazakh: taw).

/k/ and /ɡ/ are usually fronted, close to [c] and [ɟ].

GrammarEdit

The grammar of Crimean Tatar, like all Turkic languages, is agglutinating,[20] with the exclusive use of suffixing to express grammatical categories.[21] Generally, suffixes are attached to the ends of word stems, although derivational morphology makes uses of compounding as well.[22] Overall, the grammatical structure of the language is similar to that of other West Kipchak varieties.[23] Crimean Tatar is a pro-drop language[24] with a generally SOV word order.[25]

MorphophonologyEdit

Crimean Tatar, like most Turkic languages, features pervasive vowel harmony, which results in sound changes when suffixes are added to verb or noun stems.[26] Essentially, the vowel in a suffix undergoes assimilation to agree in certain categories with the vowel in the stem.[27] The two main types of assimilation that characterize this agreement in Crimean Tatar morphophonology are backness harmony and rounding harmony.[28]

Using the transliteration system in Kavitskaya (2010), non-high vowels undergoing backness harmony vary between [a] and [e], and are represented as A. High vowels that undergo both backness and rounding harmony alternate between [i], [y], [ɪ] and [u] and are represented as I. High vowels in suffixes that are never rounded and alternate between [i] and [ɪ] are represented as Y, whereas high vowels in suffixes that are always round and alternate between [u] and [y] are represented as U.[29]

Some consonants undergo similar harmonizing changes depending on whether the preceding segment is voiced or voiceless, or whether the segment demonstrates backness harmony. Consonants that alternate between [k], [q], [g] and [ɣ] are represented as K, alternating [k] and [g] as G, alternating [t] and [d] by D, and alternating [tʃ] and [dʒ] as Ç.[30]

Thus, the suffix -şAr could be rendered as “şar” or “şer” depending on the vowel in the morpheme preceding it.[31]

VerbsEdit

Crimean Tatar verbal morphology is fairly complex, inflecting for tense, number, person, aspect, mood and voice.[32] Verbs are conjugated according to the following paradigm:[33]

[STEM] + [reflexive] + [causative] + [passive] + [negation] + [tense/aspect/mood] + [person/number]

It is possible, albeit rare, for a single verb to contain all of these possible components, as in:

Men yuvundırılmadım.
Мен йувундырылмадым.
I wash-REFL-CAUS-PASS-NEG-PAST-1SG
“I was not forced to wash myself.”[34]

For the most part, each type of suffix would only appear once in any given word, although it is possible in some circumstances for causative suffixes to double up.[35]

Infinitive verbs take the -mAK suffix and can be negated by the addition of the suffix -mA between the verb stem and the infinitive suffix, creating verb constructions that do not easily mirror English.[36]

yaşamaq
йaшамакъ
“to live”
yaşamamaq
йaшамамакъ
“not to live”

Verb derivation

Novel verb stems are derived chiefly by applying a verbalizing suffix to a noun or adjective, as demonstrated in the following examples:[37]

tişle
тишле
tooth-VB
“bite”
qarar
къарар
black-VB
“become black”
keçik
кечик
late-VB
“be late”

Bare verb stems can also be compounded with noun stems to create new verbs,[38] as in:

çekele
чекеле
pull-carry-VB
“to overhaul”

Person markers

There are two types of person markers for finite verbs, pronominal and possessive. Depending on tense and mood, verbs will take one or the other set of endings.[39]

Pronominal
Singular Plural
First Person -(I)m -mIz
Second Person -sIñ -sI(ñI)z
Third Person Ø -(lAr)
Possessive
Singular Plural
First Person -(I)m -mIz
Second Person -sIñ -sI(ñI)z
Third Person Ø -(lAr)

Grammatical person is not marked in third person singular, and the marker is optional in third person plural.[40] As shown above, these markers come as the last element in the broader verb complex.

Tense and aspect markers

Grammatical tense and aspect are expressed in combination by the addition of various markers to the verb stem. Some of these markers match with pronominal person markers, while others take possessive person markers. Each tense/aspect has an associated negation marker; most of these are -mA but there is some variation.[41]

Marker Negation Person Marker Example
General Present -A/y -mAy pronominal alam (“I take”)
Present Progressive -mAKtA -mA pronominal yazmaqtamız (“We are writing.”)
Future/Present -Ar/Ir -mAz pronominal bağırırım (“I will yell.”)
Categorical Future -cAK -mAy pronominal alacağım (“I will [probably] take”)
General Past -DY -mA possessive qırımğa keldik (“We returned to Crimea.”)
Evidential Past -KAn -mA pronominal bergenler (“they [apparently] gave”)
Conditional -sA -mA possessive alsam (“if I take”)

A separate set of compound tenses are formed by adding the past tense copula edi- to the derived forms listed above.[42]

Formed With Negation Example
Habitual Past Future/Present -mAz alır edim (“I often used to take”)
Compound Past General Present -A/y ala edik (“we were taking”)
Pluperfect Evidential Past -mA alğan edim (“I had taken”)
Counterfactual Past Categorical Future -mA yazacaq edim (“I would have written”)
Progressive Past Progressive -mA Ketmekte edim. (“I kept going.”)
Past Conditional Conditional -mA alsa edim (“if I had taken”)

Mood

The imperative is formed using a specific set of person markers, and negated using -mA. In second person imperatives, only the bare verb stem is used. A first person imperative expresses an “I/we should do X” sentiment, whereas third person expresses “let him/her do X,” as shown below with unut (“to forget”):[43]

Singular Plural
First Person -(A)yIm -(A)yIK
Second Person Ø -IñIz
Third Person -sIn -sInlAr
Unutayım.
Унутайым.
“I should have to forget.”
Unut!
Унут!
“Forget!”
Unutsın.
Унутсын.
“Let him/her forget.”

Other moods are constructed similarly to tense/aspect forms.[44]

Marker Negation Person Marker Example
Optative -KAy(dI) -mAy pronominal Aytqaydım (“I wish I had spoken.”)
Obligative -mAlY -mA possessive Aytmalım (“I have to speak.”)

Voice

Grammatical voice is expressed by the addition of suffixes which come in sequence before negation, tense, aspect, mood and person markers.[45] There are several causative suffixes which vary depending on the ending of the verb stem.[46]

Voice
Marker Example
Passive -(I)l aşal (“be eaten”)
Reflexive -(I)n boğul (“drown oneself”)
Reciprocal -(I)ş tapış (“find each other”)
Causative
Marker Added To Example
-t polysyllabic stems ending in vowel işlet (“force to work”)
-It stems ending in -rk, -lk, -k qorqut (“to scare [someone]”)
-Ir monosyllabic stems ending in -t, -ç, -ş uçur (“allow to fly away”)
-Ar monosyllabic stems qopar (“break off [something]”)
-DIrm most remaining stems töktür (“force to spill”)

Participles

Past, future and present participles are formed by the addition of suffixes and are negated in the same way as other verbs.[47]

Marker Negation
Past -KAn -mA
Future -cAK -mAy
Present -r -mAz
yazılgan metküp
йазылган мектюп
write-PTCPL.PAST letter
“written letter”
sınacaq araba
сынаджакь араба
break-PTCPL.FUT cart
“cart that will break”
yanar dağ
йанар дагь
burn-PTCPL.PRES forest
“burning forest”

Copula

The copula ol (“to be, become, exist”) is generally expressed as a predicate suffix in the present tense, closely resembling the pronominal person endings, as displayed below.[48] The third person endings are frequently deleted in colloquial speech. The copula’s past tense form, edi, is suppletive. Future tense copular forms are constructed by the addition of the categorical future suffix -cAK.[49]

Singular Plural
First Person -(I)m -mIz
Second Person -sIñ -sI(ñI)z
Third Person (-dır) (-dır)
Men ocaman.
Мен оджаман.
I teacher-COP.1SG
“I am a teacher.”
Men oca edim.
Мен оджа едим.
I teacher COP.PAST.1SG.
“I was a teacher.”
Men oca olacağım.
Мен оджа oладжагьым.
I teacher COP.FUT.1SG.
“I will be a teacher.”

Converbs

Converbs, a characteristic of many Turkic languages,[50] express sequential or dependent action. Present tense converbs are formed by the addition of the suffixes -A (used after consonants) and -y (used after vowels). In past tense, converbs take the suffix -Ip.[51] Thus:

Asan evge kelip evni temizledi.
Acaн eвгe keлип eвни темизледи.
Asan house-DAT come-CONV.PAST house-ACC clean-VB-PAST
“Asan came home and cleaned the house.”

NounsEdit

Crimean Tatar noun stems take suffixes which express grammatical number, case and possession. As in all other Turkic languages, there is no grammatical gender in Crimean Tatar.[52] Nouns are declined according to the following paradigm:[53]

[STEM] + [number] + [possession] + [case]

Noun derivation

Noun stems are derived in a number of ways. Most commonly, a bare noun stem can take a denominal suffix which alters its basic meaning.[54] Similarly, a bare verb stem can take a deverbal suffix that converts it into a noun.[55] There are many such denominal and deverbal suffixes in Crimean Tatar;[56] some common suffixes are shown below:

Denominal
Marker Meaning Example Gloss
-dAş belonging to group yaşdaş (“of same age”) age-SUF
-kir association/inclination işkir (“hard worker”) work-SUF
-lIK abstraction dostluq (“friendship”) friend-SUF
-şınas performer of act tilşınas (“linguist”) tongue-SUF
-ÇI performer of act arabaçu (“driver”) cart-SUF
-çYK diminutive buzçıq (“piece of ice”) ice-SUF
Deverbal
Marker Meaning Example Gloss
-mA result of action aşıqma (“a hurry”) hurry-SUF
-KI instrument of action bilgi (“knowledge”) know-SUF
-KIç utility of action tutquç (“holder, handle”) hold-SUF
-I general noun formation ölü (“dead man”) die-SUF
-(I)k general noun formation kurek (“shovel”) scoop-SUF
-(U)v general noun formation quruv (“building”) build-SUF

Noun stems can also be reduplicated, which lends a more generalized meaning.[57] The last method of noun derivation is through the compounding of two noun stems.[58] Thus:

qartop-martop
къартоп-мaртоп
potato-REDUP
“potatoes and the like”
ana-baba
aнa-бaбa
mother-father
“parents”

Number

Nouns are pluralized by the addition of the suffix -lAr to the noun stem. The vowel in this plural suffix agrees phonetically with the final vowel in the stem.[59]

arabalar
aрaбалар
car-PL
“cars”

Use of the plural can also express respect,[60] as in:

Osanovlar keldi.
Oсановлар келди.
“Osanov came.”

Possession

Possession is expressed through person-specific suffixing. As with the plural suffix, possession suffixes harmonize with the preceding vowel in regular ways.[61]

Singular Plural
First Person -(I)m -(I)mIz
Second Person -(I)ñ -(I)ñIz
Third Person -s(I) -(lar)-(s)I
balam
балам
child-1SG.POSS-NOM
“my child”
balañ
баланъ
child-2SG.POSS-NOM
“your child”
balası
баласы
child-3SG.POSS-NOM
“his/her child”

Case

Crimean Tatar has six grammatical cases.[62] The nominative case is unmarked, and the remaining cases are expressed through suffixing. These suffixes come last in a fully declined noun.[63]

Suffix Example with bala (“child”)
Nominative Ø bala (“the child” [subject])
Accusative -nY balanı (“the child” [direct object])
Genitive -nYñ balanıñ (“of the child”)
Dative -KA balağa (“to the child”)
Locative -DA balada (“at the child”)
Ablative -Dan baladan (“away from the child”)

PronounsEdit

Like nouns, pronouns are inflected for number, person and case but not for gender.[64]

1st S. 2nd S 3rd S 1st Pl 2nd Pl 3rd Pl
Nominative men sen o biz siz olar
Accusative meni seni onı bizni sizni olarnı
Genitive menim seniñ onıñ bizim sizniñ olarnıñ
Dative maña saña oña bizge sizge olarǧa
Locative mende sende onda bizde sizde olarda
Ablative menden senden ondan bizden sizden olardan

The second person plural pronoun can be used to denote formality or respect, even if its referent is a single person.[65]

There are two roots, öz- and kendi-, that express reflexivity. Of the two, kendi- is more common in the southern dialect, but both are used throughout the entire area in which Crimean Tatar is spoken.[66]

Possessive pronouns are formed by adding the suffix -ki to the genitive form of a personal pronoun,[67] as in:

Singular Plural
First Person menimki bizimki
Second Person seniñki sizniñki
Third Person onıñki olarnıñki

AdjectivesEdit

Adjectives in Crimean Tatar precede the nouns they modify. They do not show agreement, and as such do not take any of the case, person or possession suffixes.[68]

Adjectives can be derived by the addition of certain suffixes to a noun or verb stem.[69]

keskin
кескин
cut-SUF
“sharp”
kündeki
кюндеки
day-SUF
“daily”
Qırım
Къырымлы
Crimea-SUF
“Crimean”

The comparative and superlative forms of adjectives are expressed, respectively, by the suffix -ÇA and the particle ,[70] as in the following examples:

uzuncur
узунджур
“hotter”
eñ balaban
энъ балам
“biggest”

An idiomatic superlative form using episi (“all”) in the ablative case is also possible.[71]

O episinden tatlı pahlava pişire.
О эписинден татли пахлава пишире.
she all-POSS-ABL sweet baklava boil-CAUS-PRES
“She cooks the sweetest baklava.”

PostpositionsEdit

Crimean Tatar uses postpositions. Each postposition governs a specific case, either dative, genitive or ablative.[72] Some common postpositions are shown below:

Postposition English Case
qadar until DAT
taba towards DAT
zarfında during GEN
ile with GEN
içün for GEN
soñ after ABL
sebep due to ABL

In DobrujaEdit

In Dobruja Crimean Tatars use Ĭ and W, wich is actually not found in Crimea. Ĭ is for [ı] sound (Tĭl "language") and W for [w] sound (Aywa "Quince"). Where in Crimea they use for [ı] and [i] the İ letter (Til "language") for [w] and [v] the V letter (Ayva "Quince"). In dobruja they talk with dialect wich has some differences from the standard dialect. The dialect is Kipchak-Nogai wich includes also Kazakh, Nogai and Karakalpak. There are very similarities with Nogai, Kazakh and Karakalpak. Sometimes they have letter changes like y → c (yaz - caz "summer"), f → p (fil → pĭl "elephant"), ç → ş (kiçkene → kĭşkene "small").

Dobruja (also the nothern dialect) Crimea English
Üy Ev Home
bolmaq olmaq to be
işün/işĭn içün for
cemek/aşamaq yemek/aşamaq to eat
şalmaq çalmaq to play (instrument)
pĭl fil elephant
caş yaş young

Writing systemsEdit

Crimean Tatar is written in either the Cyrillic or Latin alphabets, both modified to the specific needs of Crimean Tatar, and either used respective to where the language is used.

Historically, Arabic script was used from the sixteenth century. In the Soviet Union, it was replaced by a Latin alphabet based on Yañalif in 1928, and by a Cyrillic alphabet in 1938.

Upon Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Cyrillic became the sole allowed official script because according to the Constitutional Court of Russia decision made in 2004, all languages of Russia must use Cyrillic.[15] However there are some contradictions to the decision: virtually all Finnic languages spoken in Russia, however, use the Latin script as their daughter languages Finnish and Estonian do, despite of the historical existence of Karelian Cyrillic alphabet.

In 1992, a Latin alphabet based on Common Turkic Alphabet was adopted by the decision of the Qurultay of the Crimean Tatar People, which was formally supported by the Supreme Council of Crimea in 1997 but never implemented officially on practical level. However, in 2021, the Ministry of Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine has announced it begins the implementation of the decision, with vice premier Oleksii Reznikov supporting the transition by stating that Latin corresponds better to Turkic phonetics. The ministry revealed it plans to finish the transition to Latin by 2025, which was supported by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People. The alphabet is co-developed by A. Yu. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies, Potebnia Institute of Linguistics, Institute of Philology of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Tavrida National V.I. Vernadsky University.[73][74]

Arabic alphabetEdit

Crimean Tatars used Arabic script from 16th[citation needed] century to 1928.

Latin alphabetEdit

 â is not considered to be a separate letter.

a b c ç d e f g ğ h ı i (ĭ) j k l m n ñ o ö p q r s ş t u ü v (w) y z
[a] [b] [dʒ] [tʃ] [d] [e] [f] [ɡ] [ɣ] [x] [ɯ] [i], [ɪ] [ʒ] [k] [l] [m] [n] [ŋ] [o] [ø] [p] [q] [r] [s] [ʃ] [t] [u] [y] [v], [w] [j] [z]

Cyrillic alphabetEdit

а б в г гъ д е ё ж з и й к къ л м н нъ о п р с т у ф х ц ч дж ш щ ъ ы ь э ю я
[a] [b] [v],[w] [ɡ] [ɣ] [d] [ɛ],[jɛ] [ø],[jø],[jo],[ʲo] [ʒ] [z] [i],[ɪ] [j] [k] [q] [l],[ɫ] [m] [n] [ŋ] [o],[ø] [p] [r] [s] [t] [u],[y] [f] [x] [ts] [tʃ] [dʒ] [ʃ] [ʃtʃ] [(.j)] [ɯ] [ʲ] [ɛ] [y],[jy],[ju],[ʲu] [ʲa],
[ja]

гъ, къ, нъ and дж are separate letters (digraphs).

Legal statusEdit

The Crimean peninsula is internationally recognized as territory of Ukraine, but since the 2014 annexation by the Russian Federation is de facto administered as part of the Russian Federation.

According to Russian law, by the April 2014 constitution of the Republic of Crimea and the 2017 Crimean language law,[15] the Crimean Tatar language is a state language in Crimea alongside Russian and Ukrainian, while Russian is the state language of the Russian Federation, the language of interethnic communication, and required in public postings in the conduct of elections and referendums.[15]

In Ukrainian law, according to the constitution of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, as published in Russian by its Verkhovna Rada,[75] Russian and Crimean Tatar languages enjoy a "protected" (Russian: обеспечивается ... защита) status; every citizen is entitled, at his request (ходатайство), to receive government documents, such as "passport, birth certificate and others" in Crimean Tatar; but Russian is the language of interethnic communication and to be used in public life. According to the constitution of Ukraine, Ukrainian is the state language. Recognition of Russian and Crimean Tatar was a matter of political and legal debate.

Before the Sürgünlik, the 18 May 1944 deportation by the Soviet Union of Crimean Tatars to internal exile in Uzbek SSR, Crimean Tatar had an official language status in the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

ReferencesEdit

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