Prefixes in Uyghur

ئۇيغۇر تىلىدىكى ئالدى قوشۇمچىلار

Prefixes in Uyghur are similar, in essence, to those in English, in that they are attached to a beginning of a word to create a new word with a related meaning. Unlike English, which has very many prefixes (e.g., "anti-", "de-", "ex-", "non-", "pro-", etc.), Uyghur only has a few, all of which come from Persian. The majority of them (بىـ، ناـ، بەتـ) are limited to forming adjectives, with only a single prefix (ھەمـ) devoted to nouns.


  1. Personal research/experience
  2. Hämit Tömür, "Modern Uyghur Grammar" (translation by Anne Lee). Yıldız: Istanbul, 2003. (p. 28)
  3. E. N. Nadzhip, "Modern Uigur". Nauka Publishing House: Moscow, 1971. (p. 35, 67)