Published August 10, 2017
This video was recorded by Robert Keresztesy in Hagieni, Constanța, Romania, where Neceadin lives. Crimean Tatar is spoken by as many as 480,000 people, primarily in the contested territories of the Crimean peninsula, where it is regionally recognized. It was traditionally Crimea's primary language, until the USSR ordered the forced expulsion of all Crimean Tatars following World War II. Though many have since returned, prominent diaspora communities remain in Turkey, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, and Romania. A Turkic language, Crimean Tatar is related to languages such as Turkish, Turkmen, and Azeri. It was the mother tongue of the 20th century poet Bekir Çoban-zade.