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Balkan Gagauz Turkish
Also called: Balkan Turkic

Turkic language of Turkey, and Macedonia. It is spoken by 410,000 in Turkey, and only 5,000 in Macedonia. It is reportedly also spoken in Greece, but there is no factual data on this.
In Turkey it is spoken in 3 main regions; north of Antalya; between Kayseri and Gaziantep; and west of Gaziantep. Ethnologue states that it is spoken in European Turkey; this appears totally wrong.
It is divided into two main dialects, about 95% speak Yuruk, 5% Surguch.
Although a seperate language from Turkish, intercommuncation between the two languages is possible.

By Tore Kjeilen