December 1 - Day of assignment of Karakalpak language the status of the state language

On December 1, 1989, the Karakalpak language was granted the status of the state language. This language belongs to the Kypchak group of the Turkic family of languages. It is closely related to the Kazakh and Nogay languages. Today more than 400,000 people speak Karakalpak.

Sources note that until 1928, the Karakalpak written language was based on the Arabic alphabet, later switched to the Latin alphabet. In 1940, it was switched to the Cyrillic alphabet, and in 1994, the Latin alphabet was reintroduced.