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The Noun-to-Adjective Derivation Suffix چە

ئىسىمدىن سۈپەت ياسايدىغان «چە» ئارقا قوشۇمچىسى

The suffix چە may be added to an ethnicity to create an adjective denoting "in the style of".

Uyghur + [style] = in the Uyghur style
ئۇيغۇر + چە = ئۇيغۇرچە

Han + [style] = in the Han style
خەنزۇ + چە = خەنزۇچە

I prefer Uyghur food.
.ئۇيغۇرچە تاماقنى بەكرەك ياقتۇرىمەن

The standard vowel-reduction rules apply when adding this suffix - i.e., if the ethnicity ends in an ئا or ئە vowel, this reduces to an ئى (provided that it is not a long vowel). For this reason, there is no reduction in the word خەنزۇچە.

See also: 4.6.1, 4.7.1, 4.8.1, 4.9.1


  1. Personal research/experience
  2. Tarjei Engesæth, Mahire Yakup, Arienne M. Dwyer, "Greetings from the Teklimakan: a handbook of Modern Uyghur". University of Kansas: Kansas, 2009. (p. 138)
  3. Reinhard F. Hahn, Ablahat Ibrahim, "Spoken Uyghur". University of Washington Press: Seattle, 1991. (p. 159)
  4. E. N. Nadzhip, "Modern Uigur". Nauka Publishing House: Moscow, 1971. (p. 92)