Do you know what language is spoken in Uzbekistan? It’s okay if you don’t—and also, that’s kind of a trick question, given that there are several languages spoken in the doubly landlocked Central Asian nation. Uzbek is the national language of the country and is used alongside Russian in most of public life in Uzbekistan, with other major Central Asian languages, such as Tajik, spoken by considerable minorities. But there are also several smaller languages spoken natively in Uzbek, one of the most important being Karakalpak.
Karakalpak has more than 580,000 native speakers, making it one of the bigger minority languages in Uzbekistan. Karakalpak also stands on more stable ground than most other minority languages in the country, having been declared an official language of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic comprising the entirety of northwestern Uzbekistan. However, with Karakalpakstan populated by more ethnic Uzbeks than Karakalpaks, the Karakalpak language is threatened even within its own autonomous region. Karakalpaks fiercely protect their autonomy and ethnic identity, and the Karakalpak language plays an important role in that—but resources for the language, including translation services, remain scarce. So, we at TranslationServices.com wanted to support Karakalpak with our own, dedicated Karakalpak translation team.
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Karakalpak: a unique and independent minority language in Central Asia
Karakalpak is primarily concentrated in the Uzbekistani autonomous region of Karakalpakstan, but speaker communities also leak into nearby Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Afghanistan, and even Turkey. Hailing from the Turkic language family, Karakalpakstan has much more in common with Kazakh than Uzbek, even exhibiting mutual intelligibility with the language. It’s also closely related to Kyrgyz and a number of minority Turkic languages, including Tatar, Bashkir, Kumyk, Karachay, and Nogai.
Though Karakalpak is more closely related to Kazakh than Uzbek, its close contact with Uzbek, also a Turkic language, has resulted in significant Uzbek influence on the language. Karakalpak otherwise displays the typical hallmarks of Turkic languages, including a lack of grammatical gender, vowel harmony, and an agglutinative nature, which means the language expresses grammatical relationships by stacking together series of affixes to root words. Karakalpak usually uses a word order of subject-object-verb, which is also typical for the Turkic language family. Karakalpak was written in the Perso-Arabic script until 1928, when a Latin orthography was introduced, replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet in 1940. Today, the Latin alphabet is official, but usage of the Cyrillic alphabet remains widespread.
Proudly translating to and from Karakalpak for all sorts of projects
The Karakalpak people are proud of their language and identity, and that translates into a passion for helping people all across Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, and the world at large break down the language barrier separating Karakalpak and English. We’ve put together a team of the best Karakalpak translators we could find from all across the Karakalpak-speaking world, capable of delivering high-quality translations both from English to Karakalpak and from Karakalpak to English. No matter the direction, you can always count on our team’s quality and accuracy.
We offer our Karakalpak translation services to everyone, regardless of the nature of your translation project. Indeed, we can help company CEOs engage a new clientele in Karakalpakstan or Karakalpak speakers share traditional literature in their language with the rest of the world. We’re here for researchers looking to survey local Karakalpaks in their native language and educators seeking translation of educational materials into Karakalpak to aid in native-language education for Karakalpak children. We’re also available to translate literary content like books, poems, and short stories, as well as digital media like apps, games, and websites, into Karakalpak, helping promote and preserve the language well into the future.
We take our commitment to high-quality Karakalpak translation services seriously. Want to get started with your Karakalpak translation project today? Then send us a message!