East Asia Department

Uyghur

The modified Arab alphabet as used today for the Uyghur language in the Peoples’ Republic of China is romanized as shown in the following table:

Latin

Uyghur

Latin

Uyghur

Latin

Uyghur

 

a

ا

sh

ش

ö

ۆ

 

b

ب

gh

غ

u

ۇ

 

p

پ

f

ف

ü

ۈ

 

t

ت

q

ق

w

ۋ

 

j

ج

k

ك

e

ې

 

ch

چ

ng

ڭ

i

ى

 

kh

خ

g

گ

y

ي

 

d

د

l

ل

v

ئ

 

r

ر

m

م

ä

ە

 

z

ز

n

ن

 

 

 

zh

ژ

h

ھ

 

 

 

s

س

o

و

 

 

 

Notes on the use of the transliteration table

  • Use the letter v for the so-called hamza which appears both initially and internally before vowels (vuyghur “Uyghur”, chätväl “foreign country”) on top of what looks like an undotted i in the Uyghur script.
  • Apply an apostrophe in order to distinguish the single letter ng from a sequence of n plus g if necessary (n’g).