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Turkic Languages

The Turkic languages are a language family of at least thirty-five[2] documented languages, spoken by the Turkic peoples of Eurasia from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and West Asia all the way to North Asia (particularly in Siberia) and East Asia. The Turkic languages originated in a region of East Asia spanning Western China to Mongolia, where Proto-Turkic is thought to have been spoken, according to one estimate, around 2,500 years ago,[3] from where they expanded to Central Asia and farther west during the first millennium.[4]

Turkic languages are spoken as a native language by some 170 million people, and the total number of Turkic speakers, including second language speakers, is over 200 million.[5][6][7] The Turkic language with the greatest number of speakers is Turkish, spoken mainly in Anatolia and the Balkans; its native speakers account for about 40% of all Turkic speakers.[4]

Characteristic features such as vowel harmony, agglutination, the sound "q", and lack of grammatical gender, are universal within the Turkic family.[4] There is also a high degree of mutual intelligibility among the various Oghuz languages, which include Turkish, Azerbaijani, Turkmen, Qashqai, Gagauz, Balkan Gagauz Turkish, and Oghuz-influenced Crimean Tatar.[8] Although methods of classification vary, the Turkic languages are usually considered to be divided equally into two branches: Oghur, the only surviving member of which is Chuvash, and Common Turkic, which includes all other Turkic languages including the Oghuz subbranch.

Turkic languages show some similarities with the Mongolic, Tungusic, Koreanic, and Japonic languages. These similarities led some linguists to propose an Altaic language family, though this proposal is widely rejected by historical linguists.[9][10] Apparent similarities with the Uralic languages even caused these families to be regarded as one for a long time under the Ural-Altaic hypothesis.[11][12][13] However, there has not been sufficient evidence to conclude the existence of either of these macrofamilies, the shared characteristics between the languages being attributed presently to extensive prehistoric language contact.


Turkic languages are null-subject languages, have vowel harmony, extensive agglutination by means of suffixes and postpositions, and lack of grammatical articles, noun classes, and grammatical gender. Subject-object-verb word order is universal within the family. The root of a word is basically of one, two or three consonants.



The homeland of the Turkic peoples and their language is suggested to be somewhere between the Transcaspian steppe and Northeastern Asia (Manchuria)[14], with genetic evidence pointing to the region near South Siberia and Mongolia as the "Inner Asian Homeland" of the Turkic ethnicity.[15] Similarly several linguists, including Juha Janhunen, Roger Blench and Matthew Spriggs, suggest that Mongolia is the homeland of the early Turkic language.[16]

Extensive contact took place between Proto-Turks and Proto-Mongols approximately during the first millennium BC; the shared cultural tradition between the two Eurasian nomadic groups is called the "Turco-Mongol" tradition. The two groups shared a similar religion-system, Tengrism, and there exists a multitude of evident loanwords between Turkic languages and Mongolic languages. Although the loans were bidirectional, today Turkic loanwords constitute the largest foreign component in Mongolian vocabulary.[17] The most famous[] of these loanwords include "lion" (Turkish: aslan or arslan; Mongolian: arslan), "gold" (Turkish: alt?n; Mongolian: altan or alt), and "iron" (Turkish: demir; Mongolian: tömör).

Some lexical and extensive typological similarities between Turkic and the nearby Tungusic and Mongolic families, as well as the Korean and Japonic families (all formerly widely considered to be part of the so-called Altaic language family) has in more recent years been instead attributed to prehistoric contact amongst the group, sometimes referred to as the Northeast Asian sprachbund. A more recent (circa first millennium BCE) contact between "core Altaic" (Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic) is distinguished from this, due to the existence of definitive common words that appear to have been mostly borrowed from Turkic into Mongolic, and later from Mongolic into Tungusic, as Turkic borrowings into Mongolic significantly outnumber Mongolic borrowings into Turkic, and Turkic and Tungusic do not share any words that do not also exist in Mongolic.

Alexander Vovin (2004, 2010)[18][19] notes that Old Turkic had borrowed some words from the Ruan-ruan language (the language of the Rouran Khaganate), which Vovin considers to be an extinct non-Altaic language that is possibly a Yeniseian language or not related to any modern-day language.

Turkic languages also show some Chinese loanwords that point to early contact during the time of proto-Turkic.[20]

Robbeets (et al. 2015 and et al. 2017) suggest that the homeland of the Turkic languages was somewhere in Manchuria, close to the Mongolic, Tungusic and Koreanic homeland (including the ancestor of Japonic), and that these languages share a common "Transeurasian" origin.[21]

Early written records

The first established records of the Turkic languages are the eighth century AD Orkhon inscriptions by the Göktürks, recording the Old Turkic language, which were discovered in 1889 in the Orkhon Valley in Mongolia. The Compendium of the Turkic Dialects (Divânü Lügati't-Türk), written during the 11th century AD by Ka?garl? Mahmud of the Kara-Khanid Khanate, constitutes an early linguistic treatment of the family. The Compendium is the first comprehensive dictionary of the Turkic languages and also includes the first known map of the Turkic speakers' geographical distribution. It mainly pertains to the Southwestern branch of the family.[22]

The Codex Cumanicus (12th-13th centuries AD) concerning the Northwestern branch is another early linguistic manual, between the Kipchak language and Latin, used by the Catholic missionaries sent to the Western Cumans inhabiting a region corresponding to present-day Hungary and Romania. The earliest records of the language spoken by Volga Bulgars, the parent to today's Chuvash language, are dated to the 13th-14th centuries AD.

Geographical expansion and development

With the Turkic expansion during the Early Middle Ages (c. 6th-11th centuries AD), Turkic languages, in the course of just a few centuries, spread across Central Asia, from Siberia to the Mediterranean. Various terminologies from the Turkic languages have passed into Persian, Hindustani, Russian, Chinese, and to a lesser extent, Arabic.[23][verification needed]

The geographical distribution of Turkic-speaking peoples across Eurasia since the Ottoman era ranges from the North-East of Siberia to Turkey in the West.[24] (See picture in the box on the right above.)


Relative numbers of speakers of Turkic languages

For centuries, the Turkic-speaking peoples have migrated extensively and intermingled continuously, and their languages have been influenced mutually and through contact with the surrounding languages, especially the Iranian, Slavic, and Mongolic languages.[25]

This has obscured the historical developments within each language and/or language group, and as a result, there exist several systems to classify the Turkic languages. The modern genetic classification schemes for Turkic are still largely indebted to Samoilovich (1922).[]

The Turkic languages may be divided into six branches:[26]

In this classification, Oghur Turkic is also referred to as Lir-Turkic, and the other branches are subsumed under the title of Shaz-Turkic or Common Turkic. It is not clear when these two major types of Turkic can be assumed to have actually diverged.[27]

With less certainty, the Southwestern, Northwestern, Southeastern and Oghur groups may further be summarized as West Turkic, the Northeastern, Kyrgyz-Kipchak and Arghu (Khalaj) groups as East Turkic.[28]

Geographically and linguistically, the languages of the Northwestern and Southeastern subgroups belong to the central Turkic languages, while the Northeastern and Khalaj languages are the so-called peripheral languages.

Hruschka, et al. (2014)[29] use computational phylogenetic methods to calculate a tree of Turkic based on phonological sound changes.


The following isoglosses are traditionally used in the classification of the Turkic languages:[30][26]

  • Rhotacism (or in some views, zetacism), e.g. in the last consonant of the word for "nine" *tokkuz. This separates the Oghur branch, which exhibits /r/, from the rest of Turkic, which exhibits /z/. In this case, rhotacism refers to the development of *-/r/, *-/z/, and *-/d/ to /r/,*-/k/,*-/kh/ in this branch.[31] See Antonov and Jacques (2012) [32] on the debate concerning rhotacism and lambdacism in Turkic.
  • Intervocalic *d, e.g. the second consonant in the word for "foot" *hadaq
  • Suffix-final -G, e.g. in the suffix *lIG, in e.g. *t?glïg

Additional isoglosses include:

  • Preservation of word initial *h, e.g. in the word for "foot" *hadaq. This separates Khalaj as a peripheral language.
  • Denasalisation of palatal *?, e.g. in the word for "moon", *
isogloss Old Turkic Turkish Azerbaijani Qashqai Uzbek Uyghur Tatar Kazakh Kyrgyz Altay Western Yugur Fu-yü Gyrgys Khakas Tuvan Sakha/Yakut Khalaj Chuvash
z/r (nine) toquz dokuz doqquz doqquz to?qqiz toqquz tu?ïz to?yz to?uz to?us dohghus do?us to?ïs tos to?us toqquz tr
*h- (foot) adaq ayak ayaq ayaq oyoq ayaq ayaq a?aq ayaq ayaq azaq azï? aza? adaq ata? hadaq ura
*VdV (foot) adaq ayak ayaq ayaq oyoq ayaq ayaq a?aq ayaq ayaq azaq azï? aza? adaq ata? hadaq ura
*-? (mountain) t da?* da? da? tog? tagh taw taý t? t? ta? da? ta? da? t?a t tu
suffix *-lï? (mountainous) tlï? da?l? da?l? da?lï? tog?lik taghliq tawlï taýly t?l? t?lu ta?li? da?lu?

*In the standard Istanbul dialect of Turkish, the ? in da? and da?l? is not realized as a consonant, but as a slight lengthening of the preceding vowel.


The following table is based upon the classification scheme presented by Lars Johanson (1998)[33]

Proto-Turkic Common Turkic Southwestern Common Turkic (Oghuz)


West Oghuz
East Oghuz
South Oghuz
Northwestern Common Turkic (Kipchak)

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West Kipchak
North Kipchak (Volga-Ural Turkic)
South Kipchak (Aralo-Caspian)
Southeastern Common Turkic (Karluk)

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Northeastern Common Turkic (Siberian) North Siberian
South Siberian Sayan Turkic
Yenisei Turkic
Chulym Turkic
Altai Turkic[36]
  • Altay Oirot and dialects such as Tuba, Qumanda, Qu, Teleut, Telengit


Vocabulary comparison

The following is a brief comparison of cognates among the basic vocabulary across the Turkic language family (about 60 words).

Empty cells do not necessarily imply that a particular language is lacking a word to describe the concept, but rather that the word for the concept in that language may be formed from another stem and is not a cognate with the other words in the row or that a loanword is used in its place.

Also, there may be shifts in the meaning from one language to another, and so the "Common meaning" given is only approximate. In some cases the form given is found only in some dialects of the language, or a loanword is much more common (e.g. in Turkish, the preferred word for "fire" is the Persian-derived ate?, whereas the native od is dead). Forms are given in native Latin orthographies unless otherwise noted.

Common meaning Proto-Turkic Old Turkic Turkish Azerbaijani Qashqai Turkmen Tatar Bashkir Kazakh Kyrgyz Uzbek Uyghur Sakha/Yakut Chuvash
Relationship father, ancestor *ata, *ka? ata, apa, qa? baba, ata baba, ata bowa/ata ata ata, atay ata, atay ata ata ota ata a?a atte, a?u, ae
mother *ana, *ög ana, ög ana, anne ana ana/nänä ene ana, äni ana, inä(y)/asay ana ene ona ana iye anne, annü, am
son *ogul o?ul o?ul o?ul o?ul ogul ul ul ul uul o?g?il oghul uol ?v?l, ul
man *?r, *érkek er erkek ?r/erk?k ki?i erkek ir ir, irkäk er, erkek erkek erkak er er ar/arn
girl *kï qïz k?z q?z qïz/qez gyz q?z q?ð qyz k?z qiz qiz ks h?r
person *ki?i, *y?la?uk ki?i, yala?uq ki?i ki?i ki?i ke?e ke?e kisi ki?i kishi kishi kihi n
bride *gélin kelin gelin g?lin gälin gelin kilen kilen kelin kelin kelin kelin kiyiit kin
mother-in-law kaynana qaynana qäynänä gaýyn ene qay?n ana qäynä qa?yn ene kaynene qaynona qeyinana hu?ama
Body parts heart *yürek yürek yürek ür?k iräg/üräg ýürek yöräk yöräk júrek jürök yurak yürek sürex ç?re
blood *ki?n qan kan qan qan gan qan qan qan kan qon qan xaan yun
head *ba ba? ba? ba? ba? ba? ba? ba? bas ba? bosh bash bas pu?/po?
hair *s(i)a?, *kïl sa?, qïl saç, k?l saç, q?l tik/qel saç, gyl çäç, q?l säs, q?l shash, qyl çaç, k?l soch, qil sach, qil battax, k?l ?ü?, hul
eye *gö? köz göz göz gez/göz köz küz küð kóz köz ko?z köz xarax, kös ku?/ko?
eyelash *kirpik kirpik kirpik kirpik kirpig kirpik kerfek kerpek kirpik kirpik kiprik kirpik k?laman, kirbii h?rp?k
ear *kulkak qulqaq kulak qulaq qulaq gulak qolaq qolaq qulaq kulak quloq qulaq kulgaax h?lha
nose *burun burun burun burun burn burun bor?n moron muryn murun burun burun murun, munnu
arm *kol qol kol qol qol gol qul qul qol kol qo?l qol ?ol hul
hand *el-ig elig el ?l äl el alaqan alakan ilik ilii al?
finger *er?ek, *biar?ak er?ek parmak barmaq burmaq barmaq barmaq barmaq barmaq barmak barmoq barmaq tarbaq pürne/por?a
fingernail *dïr?ak tïr?aq t?rnak d?rnaq dïrnaq dyrnak t?rnaq t?rnaq tyrnaq t?rmak tirnoq tirnaq t?ng?raq ç?rne
knee *d, *d tiz diz diz diz dyz tez teð tize tize tizza tiz tobuk ç?r?i, çerkui
calf *baltïr baltïr bald?r bald?r ballïr baldyr balt?r balt?r baltyr balt?r boldir baldir ball?r p?l
foot *(h)adak adaq ayak ayaq ayaq aýak ayaq ayaq a?aq ayak oyoq ayaq ataq ura
belly *k?rïn qarïn kar?n qar?n qarn garyn qar?n qar?n qaryn kar?n qorin qerin xar?n h?r?m
Animals horse *(h)at at at at at at at at at at ot at at ut/ot
cattle *dabar ingek, tabar inek, davar, sr in?k, sr se?er sygyr s?y?r h?y?r s?yr s?y?r sigir siyir ?nax ?ne
dog *ït, *köpek ït it, köpek it kepäg it et et ?t it it it ?t y?t?
fish *b?lïk balïq bal?k bal?q balïq balyk bal?q bal?q balyq bal?k baliq beliq bal?k pul?
louse *bït bit bit bit bit bit bet bet b?t bit bit bit b?t p?yt?/pu
Other nouns house *eb, *bark eb, barq ev, bark ev äv öý öy öy ú? üy uy öy ?urt
tent *otag, *gerekü ota?, kerekü çad?r, ota? çad?r; otaq ?ador çadyr; otag çat?r sat?r shatyr; otaý çat?r chodir; o?toq chadir; otaq otuu çat?r
way *y?l yol yol yol yol ýol yul yul jol jol yo?l yol suol ?ul
bridge *köprüg köprüg köprü körpü köpri küper küper kópir köpürö ko?prik kövrük kürpe k?per
arrow *ok oq ok ox ox/tir ok uq uq oq ok o?q oq ox uh?
fire *?t ?t od, ate? (Pers.) od ot ot ut ut ot ot o?t ot uot vut/vot
ash *kül kül kül kül kil/kül kül köl köl kúl kül kul kül kül k?l
water *sub, *sïb sub su su su suw su h?w suu suv su uu v/?u
ship, boat *g?mi kemi gemi g?mi gämi köymä kämä keme keme kema keme kim?
lake *k?l köl göl göl göl/gel köl kül kül kól köl ko?l köl küöl kül?
sun/day *gün, *güne? kün güne?, gün gün, gün gin/gün gün qoya?, kön qoya?, kön kún kün quyosh, kun quyash, kün kün h?vel, kun
cloud *bulït bulut bulut bulud bulut bulut bol?t bolot bult bulut bulut bulut b?l?t p?l?t
star *yultu? yultuz y?ld?z ulduz ulluz ýyldyz yold?z yondoð juldyz j?ld?z yulduz yultuz sulus lt?r
ground, earth *toprak topraq toprak torpaq torpaq toprak tufraq tupraq topyraq topurak tuproq tupraq toburax t?pra
hilltop *tepö, *töpö töpü tepe t?p? depe tübä tübä tóbe töbö tepa töpe töbö tüp?
tree/wood *ïga? ï?a? a?aç a?ac a?a? agaç a?aç a?as a?ash jygaç yog?och yahach y?v
god (Tengri) *te?ri, *ta?rï te?ri, burqan tanr? tanr? tarï/Allah/Xoda ta?ry täñre täñre tá?iri teñir tangri tengri tangara tur?/tor?
sky *te?ri, *k?k kök, te?ri gök göy gey/göy gök kük kük kók kök ko?k kök küöx k?vak/koak
Adjectives long *u?ïn uzun uzun uzun uzun uzyn oz?n oðon uzyn uzun uzun uzun uhun v?r?m
new *ya?ï, *ye?i ya?ï yeni yeni ye?i ýa?y yaña yañ? ja?a jañ? yangi yengi saña n?
fat *semi? semiz semiz, ?i?man kök semiz simez himeð semiz semiz semiz semiz emis sam?r
full *d?lï tolu dolu dolu dolu doly tul? tul? toly tolo to?la toluq toloru tulli
white *?k, *ürü? ?q, ürü? ak, beyaz (Ar.) a? aq ak aq aq aq ak oq aq
black *kara qara kara, siyah (Pers.) qara qärä gara qara qara qara kara qora qara xara hura, hora
red *kï?ïl qïzïl k?z?l, k?rm?z? (Ar.) q?z?l qïzïl gyzyl q?z?l q?ð?l qyzyl k?z?l qizil qizil k?h?l h?rl?
Numbers 1 *b?r bir bir bir bir bir ber ber bir bir bir bir biir p?rre
2 *éki eki iki iki ikki iki ike ike eki eki ikki ikki ikki ikk?
4 *d?rt tört dört dörd derd/dörd dört dürt dürt tórt tört to?rt tört tüört t?vatt?
7 *yéti yeti yedi yeddi yeddi ýedi cide yete jeti jeti yetti yetti sette ?iççe
10 *?n on on on on on un un on on o?n on uon vunn?, vun?, vun
100 *y yüz yüz yüz iz/yüz ýüz yöz yöð júz jüz yuz yüz süüs r
Proto-Turkic Old Turkic Turkish Azerbaijani Qashqai Turkmen Tatar Bashkir Kazakh Kyrgyz Uzbek Uyghur Sakha/Yakut Chuvash

Endangered Turkic languages

An endangered language, or moribund language, is a language that is at risk of falling out of use as its speakers die out or shift to speaking another language. Language loss occurs when the language has no more native speakers and becomes a "dead language".


Fifteen endangered Turkic languages exist in Russia:[44][45]

Name Status Speakers
Altai language / Northern Altay language Severely endangered 55,720
Bashkir language Vulnerable 1,200,000
Chulym language Critically endangered 44
Chuvash language Vulnerable 1,042,989
Dolgan language Definitely endangered 1,100
Karachay-Balkar language Vulnerable 310,000
Khakas language Definitely endangered 43,000
Kumyk language Vulnerable 450,000
Nogai language / Yurt Tatar language Definitely endangered 87,000
Shor language Severely endangered 2,800
Siberian Tatar language Definitely endangered 100,000
Tofa language Critically endangered 93
Tuvan language Vulnerable 280,000
Tatar language Vulnerable 5,200,000
Yakut language Vulnerable 450,000


In Qinghai (Amdo), the Salar language has a heavy Chinese and Tibetan influence.[46] Although of Turkic origin, major linguistic structures have been absorbed from Chinese. Around 20% of the vocabulary is of Chinese origin, and 10% is also of Tibetan origin. Yet the official Communist Chinese government policy deliberately covers up these influences in academic and linguistics studies, trying to emphasize the Turkic element and completely ignoring the Chinese in the Salar language.[47] The Salar language has taken loans and influence from neighboring varieties of Chinese.[48] It is neighboring variants of Chinese which have loaned words to the Salar language.[48] In Qinghai, many Salar men speak both the Qinghai dialect of Chinese and Salar. Rural Salars can speak Salar fluently while urban Salars often assimilate into the Chinese speaking Hui population.[49]


Ethnologue and ISO list an Iranian language "Khalaj" with the same population,[50] but Glottolog states it does not exist.[51] The Khalaj speak their Turkic language and Persian, and the supposed Iranian language of the Khalaj is spurious.[52]

Khorasani Turkic (Khorasani Turkic: ?, Pronunciation: [xor?s?n tyrkt?esi]; Persian: Zeb?n-e Tork?-ye Xor?s?n? ? ? ?‎) is an Oghuz Turkic language spoken in northern North Khorasan Province and Razavi Khorasan Province in Iran. Nearly all Khorasani Turkic speakers are also bilingual in Persian.[53]



Many Turkic languages have gone extinct in Afghanistan. [55]


In 1980, Saddam Hussein's government adopted a policy of assimilation of its minorities. Due to government relocation programs, thousands of Iraqi Turkmen were relocated from their traditional homelands in northern Iraq and replaced by Arabs, in an effort to Arabize the region.[56] Furthermore, Iraqi Turkmen villages and towns were destroyed to make way for Arab migrants, who were promised free land and financial incentives. For example, the Ba'th regime recognised that the city of Kirkuk was historically an Iraqi Arab city and remained firmly in its cultural orientation.[57] Thus, the first wave of Arabization saw Arab families move from the centre and south of Iraq into Kirkuk to work in the expanding oil industry. Although the Iraqi Turkmen were not actively forced out, new Arab quarters were established in the city and the overall demographic balance of the city changed as the Arab migrations continued.[57]

Several presidential decrees and directives from state security and intelligence organizations indicate that the Iraqi Turkmen were a particular focus of attention during the assimilation process during the Ba'th regime. For example, the Iraqi Military Intelligence issued directive 1559 on 6 May 1980 ordering the deportation of Iraqi Turkmen officials from Kirkuk, issuing the following instructions: "identify the places where Turkmen officials are working in governmental offices [in order] to deport them to other governorates in order to disperse them and prevent them from concentrating in this governorate [Kirkuk]".[58] In addition, on 30 October 1981, the Revolution's Command Council issued decree 1391, which authorized the deportation of Iraqi Turkmen from Kiruk with paragraph 13 noting that "this directive is specially aimed at Turkmen and Kurdish officials and workers who are living in Kirkuk".[58]

As primary victims of these Arabization policies, the Iraqi Turkmen suffered from land expropriation and job discrimination, and therefore would register themselves as "Arabs" in order to avoid discrimination.[59] Thus, ethnic cleansing was an element of the Ba'thist policy aimed at reducing the influence of the Iraqi Turkmen in northern Iraq's Kirkuk.[60] Those Iraqi Turkmen who remained in cities such as Kirkuk were subject to continued assimilation policies;[60] school names, neighbourhoods, villages, streets, markets and even mosques with names of Turkic origin were changed to names that emanated from the Ba'th Party or from Arab heroes.[60] Moreover, many Iraqi Turkmen villages and neighbourhoods in Kirkuk were simply demolished, particularly in the 1990s.[60]

Other possible relations

The Turkic language family is currently regarded as one of the world's primary language families.[61] Turkic is one of the main members of the controversial Altaic language family. There are some other theories about an external relationship but none of them are generally accepted.


The possibility of a genetic relation between Turkic and Korean, independently from Altaic, is suggested by some linguists.[62][63][64] The linguist Kabak (2004) of the University of Würzburg states that Turkic and Korean share similar phonology as well as morphology. Yong-S?ng Li (2014)[65] suggest that there are several cognates between Turkic and Old Korean. He states that these supposed cognates can be useful to reconstruct the early Turkic language. According to him, words related to nature, earth and ruling but especially to the sky and stars seem to be cognates.

The linguist Choi[66] suggested already in 1996 a close relationship between Turkic and Korean regardless of any Altaic connections:

In addition, the fact that the morphological elements are not easily borrowed between languages, added to the fact that the common morphological elements between Korean and Turkic are not less numerous than between Turkic and other Altaic languages, strengthens the possibility that there is a close genetic affinity between Korean and Turkic.

-- Choi Han-Woo, A Comparative Study of Korean and Turkic (Hoseo University)

Many historians also point out a close non-linguistic relationship between Turkic peoples and Koreans.[67] Especially close were the relations between the Göktürks and Goguryeo.[68]

Rejected or controversial theories

Native American languages

Some historians and linguists suggest a link between Turkic languages and some Native American languages.[69] Although these claims get some support from genetic studies, they are generally rejected because of the lack of linguistic evidence.[70]


Some linguists suggested a relation to Uralic languages, especially to the Ugric languages. This view is rejected and seen as obsolete by mainstream linguists. Similarities are because of language contact and borrowings mostly from Turkic into Ugric languages. Stachowski (2015) states that any relation between Turkic and Uralic must be a contact one.[71]

See also


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Further reading

  • Akhatov G. Kh. 1960. "About the stress in the language of the Siberian Tatars in connection with the stress of modern Tatar literary language" .- Sat *"Problems of Turkic and the history of Russian Oriental Studies." Kazan. (in Russian)
  • Akhatov G.Kh. 1963. "Dialect West Siberian Tatars" (monograph). Ufa. (in Russian)
  • Baskakov, N.A. 1962, 1969. Introduction to the study of the Turkic languages. Moscow. (in Russian)
  • Boeschoten, Hendrik & Lars Johanson. 2006. Turkic languages in contact. Turcologica, Bd. 61. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. ISBN 3-447-05212-0
  • Clausen, Gerard. 1972. An etymological dictionary of pre-thirteenth-century Turkish. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Deny, Jean et al. 1959-1964. Philologiae Turcicae Fundamenta. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
  • Dolatkhah, Sohrab. 2016. Parlons qashqay. In: collection "parlons". Paris: L'Harmattan.
  • Dolatkhah, Sohrab. 2016. Le qashqay: langue turcique d'Iran. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (online).
  • Dolatkhah, Sohrab. 2015. Qashqay Folktales. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (online).
  • Johanson, Lars & Éva Agnes Csató (ed.). 1998. The Turkic languages. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-08200-5.
  • Johanson, Lars. 1998. "The history of Turkic." In: Johanson & Csató, pp. 81-125.[4]
  • Johanson, Lars. 1998. "Turkic languages." In: Encyclopædia Britannica. CD 98. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 5 sept. 2007.[5]
  • Menges, K. H. 1968. The Turkic languages and peoples: An introduction to Turkic studies. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
  • Öztopçu, Kurtulu?. 1996. Dictionary of the Turkic languages: English, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Uzbek. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-14198-2
  • Samoilovich, A. N. 1922. Some additions to the classification of the Turkish languages. Petrograd.
  • Schönig, Claus. 1997-1998. "A new attempt to classify the Turkic languages I-III." Turkic Languages 1:1.117-133, 1:2.262-277, 2:1.130-151.
  • Starostin, Sergei A., Anna V. Dybo, and Oleg A. Mudrak. 2003. Etymological Dictionary of the Altaic Languages. Leiden: Brill. ISBN 90-04-13153-1
  • Voegelin, C.F. & F.M. Voegelin. 1977. Classification and index of the World's languages. New York: Elsevier.

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