Altay language

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Altay ()
Spoken in: Mongolia, China, Altai Republic (federal subject of Russia)
Region: Gorno-Altai Mountains
Total speakers: 71,600
Ranking: Not in top 100
Genetic classification: Altaic languages (disputed)

 Turkic languages
  Northern Turkic languages
  Altay

Official status
Official language of: Altai Republic
Regulated by: -
Language codes
ISO 639-1-
ISO 639-2tut
SILATV (Northern)

ALT (Southern)

See also: LanguageList of languages

The Altay language is a language of the Turkic group of languages. It is an official language of Altai Republic, Russia. The language was called Oyrot prior to 1948. There were ca. 52,000 people speaking this language in 1989. Two dialects of the Altay language are northern (with the Tuba, Kumandy, and Chalkan varieties named after the main tribes) and southern (with the Altai proper and Telengit varieties).

The language was utilizing the Latin alphabet in 1928-1938, and Cyrillic alphabet (with addition of 4 extra letters: ) since 1938.

External links

de:Altaische Sprache
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