Azeri love poem
Sənin güzgüdə surətin
Mənim ən uğurlu poeziyamdır.
Lakin tələs, o gözdən itir
Bu mənim sənə son etirafımdır: Mən səni sevirəm.
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Azeri love poem (Sevgi şeiri), in the official language of Azerbaijan and Dagestan, also spoken in Turkey, Uzbekistan, Iraq and Iran (on the west shore of the Caspian Sea). Azeri is a language, which has the most beautiful echo in your mouth, it is the reflection of the edges of the Caspian.
Azerbaijani (Azerbaijani, Azerbaijani, Azərbaycan Dili), is a Western Turkish language (Oghuz), from the Altaic language family, very close to Turkish, which was written with the Arabic alphabet, then Latin, then Cyrillic, Latin and today Turkish!
The Altaic languages (about twenty) are spoken by 150 million people, and Azerbaijani by 8 million people in Azerbaijan, and in total by 50 million people around the world. To be more precise, the Azerbaijani belongs to the Oghuz Seldjouk subgroup (southwest group), with the Turkish (Osmanli), the Turkmen and the Gagauz.
The other important languages of the Turkish branch are: Tatar, Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Kipchak, and Kazakh. All of these languages have so much in common that they could be likened to a complex of mutually intelligible dialects.
Azeri has an ancient literary history, since it begins at the end of the 13th century. This literary history has gone through two periods, from the 13th to the 18th century, then from the 18th to the present day.
In the first period, Azerbaijani the literary language of Qaraqoyunlus, Djelairids, Aggoyunlus and Sefevi states, was also the literary language of all Asia Minor. In this first period, the literary language differed from that of the following period, by the predominance of words of Persian and Arabic origin. The dominant literary genre of this period which was poetry, was the source of the borrowing of many words from other languages. But literary training schools did not retain them.
During the second period the literary language will abandon certain words derived from Turkish, accentuating its process of differentiation from the Turkish languages.
The Azeris descend from the ancient persians inhabitants of Eastern Transcaucasia, turquized in the 11th century. Since they lost their, clan and tribal structures.
My poem which translates them is dedicated to them. Azerbaijan is located between Iran, Russia, Georgia and Armenia with on its eastern side the Caspian Sea.
Genetic studies show a closeness between Azeri and Kurd, to no forget that the ancient Azeri language, Adari, was indeed an Iranian language.