Bashkir (Latin)
1.200.000 speakers
26 language specific characters
ISO 639 code: bak
Bashkir is a member of the Kypchak-Bolgar group of the Turkic languages. It is spoken by about 1.2 million people mainly in the Republic of Bashkortostan, in other parts of the Russian Federation, including Chelyabinsk, Orenburg, Perm, Kurgan, Samara, Saratov, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen regions, and also in Tatarstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan.
Bashkir first appeared in writing in a Runic alphabet during the 9th century AD. It was written with the Arabic alphabet between the 10th century and 1928, when it was replaced by the Latin alphabet, which itself was replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet in 1940.
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