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  Altaic Languages - ninemsn Encarta
Altaic Languages, family of 65 languages spoken by about 167 million people in around 23 different countries, in a vast area of Eurasia extending from Turkey in the west to the Sea of Okhotsk in the east.
Altaic languages are generally characterized by an agglutinative type of suffixation, and by vowel harmony (that is, only vowels of the same colouring can occur in the same word); the vowels of the suffixes are altered so that they agree with the colour of the root vowel.
Some scholars group the Altaic languages together with the Uralic languages in a larger Ural-Altaic grouping; recent researchers, however, increasingly believe that too little evidence exists to support such a grouping.
au.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761563293/Altaic_Languages.html   (481 words)

  
 Altaic Language Family
The Altaic language family derives its name from the Altai Mountain region from whence it is believed these languages had originated.
Speakers of Altaic languages stretch from northeastern Siberia to the Persian Gulf, and from the Baltic Sea to China, with the bulk clustering around central Asia.
The relationships among these languages remain a matter of debate among historical linguists, and the existence of the Altaic language family continues to be a matter of controversy.
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/march/AltaicLanguageFamily.html   (218 words)

  
 ral-Altaic Languages
The many Ural-Altaic languages--constituting the Uralic and the Altaic languages--extend from Scandinavia, Hungary, and the Balkans in the west, to the easternmost reaches of the Amur and the island of Sakhalin, and from the Arctic Ocean to central Asia.
The Samoyed languages are the easternmost representatives of Uralic.
Khalkha is the language of the Mongols of Mongolia, with its capital at Ulan Bator.
members.tripod.com /~Yukon_2/language2.html   (1863 words)

  
 Languages & Writing Systems - Crystalinks
Language is an ever evolving process on planet Earth varying from culture to culture and place to place depending on the needs of the civilization that existed at that timeline.
Language is a system of conventional spoken or written symbols by means of which human beings, as members of a social group and participants in its culture, communicate.
The languages of North Asia are those spoken from the Arctic Ocean on the north to South Asia and China on the south and from the Caspian Sea and Ural Mountains in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east.
www.crystalinks.com /languages.html   (2691 words)

  
 Altaic languages - Article from FactBug.org - the fast Wikipedia mirror site
The relationships among these languages remain a matter of debate among historical linguists, and the existence of Altaic as a family is rejected by many.
One is that the proposed constituent language families (Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic in the basic theory; with the addition of Korean and Japanese in extended versions) are genetically or 'divergently' related by descent from a common ancestor, 'Proto-Altaic'.
The Altaic theory is claimed by its opponents to mainly be based on typological similiarities, such as vowel harmony, lack of grammatical gender, an agglutinative typology, and loanwords.
www.factbug.org /cgi-bin/a.cgi?a=824   (414 words)

  
 Uralic and Altaic languages - HighBeam Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Samoyede is the chief language of this subdivision.
In an agglutinative language, different linguistic elements, each of which exists separately and has a fixed meaning, are often joined to form one word.
Emphatic reduplication in Oroqen and its Altaic context(*).
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-urala1lt.html   (609 words)

  
 Ural-Altaic languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Finno-Permic languages are Komi, Komi-Permyak, Udmurt, Mari, Erzya, Moksha, Southern Sami, Ume Sami, Lule Sami, Pite Sami, Northern Sami, Inari Sami, Kildin Sami, Skolt Sami, Ter Sami, Estonian, Finnish (including Meänkieli or Tornedalian Finnish, Kven Finnish, and Ingrian Finnish), Ingrian (Izhorian), Karelian, Lude, Olonets Karelian, Livonian, Veps, Võro, and Votic.
The Ugric languages are Hungarian, Khanty, and Mansi
Other observations are that both Uralic and Altaic languages follow the principle of vowel harmony, are agglutinative (stringing suffixes, prefixes or both onto a single root), employ SOV word order, and lack grammatical gender (see noun class).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ural-Altaic_languages   (937 words)

  
 Altaic languages
The Altaic family of languages is found mostly around central Asia, having been distributed by the many invasions out of that corridor.
The existence of the Altaic family is not accepted without question.
To a lesser extent they also resemble the Uralic languages (such as Finnish and Hungarian), and a Ural-Altaic superfamily is proposed.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/al/Altaic.html   (112 words)

  
 Altaic languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Altaic is a proposed language family which includes 66 languages [1] spoken by about 348 million people, mostly in and around Central Asia and northeast Asia.
The Altaic theory is claimed by its opponents to be based mainly on typological similarities, such as vowel harmony and agglutinative grammars.
The proponents of the Altaic hypothesis claim that it is possible to reconstruct regular sound correspondences between the branches of "Macro-Altaic" (Altaic including Korean and Japanese), which would offer strong evidence for the hypothesis; such correspondences make it possible to distinguish cognates from loanwords (in many cases).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Altaic_languages   (942 words)

  
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However as the language develops in time, the vowels in a word may change into other vowels such as "a" into "e", "o", "u" while consonants of the words, in general, would tend to maintain their idendity in the word through time.
Thus, in the language of Altaic people, the word "yitiken" would mean "seven suns" where the concept of "sun" and a "star" was probably considered to be the same.
Their wide spread use in native languages of Americas as well as in Altaic languages in Asia is a testimony to this observation.
www.compmore.net /~tntr/ata_anain_natlangs.html   (5361 words)

  
 Tungusic Research Group: About the Languages: Preface
Most Tungusic languages were spoken by nomadic peoples who inhabited regions of the world which were poorly suited for the development of settlements in pre-industrial times; the harsh climate of Siberia and northeastern China and the remoteness of these areas from established cities served to protect their nomadism from external pressure.
First, the Tungusic languages contain a number of features which are not well understood by the linguistic community including converbs, rich aspectual and case systems, doubly marked possession, a larger than usual number of reflexive anaphors, and weak word class distinctions, to name a few.
Another key characteristic of the Tungusic language family worthy of in-depth study is that it resists typical methods of genetic classification, both internal and external to the family.
www.dartmouth.edu /~trg/languages/preface.html   (1043 words)

  
 Unit 5 - Uralic, Caucasian, and Altaic language families   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
- Languages belonging to the Mongolian branch of the Altaic family are spoken by some 7.2 million people, primarily in the Republic of Mongolia, in the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region of China, and around Lake Baikal in Siberia...
The Turkic branch of the Altaic family is the largest of the three branches in terms of the number of languages and the number of
It belongs to the Southern branch of the Caucasian language family along with Svan, Laz, and Mingrelian....
www.nvtc.gov /lotw/months/march/index.html   (542 words)

  
 Altaic Languages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Japanese is Altaic and that Korean may be distantly related to Altaic languages.
Those that recognise the Altaic family of languages define it as a grouping of languages spoken in Eurasia extending from Turkey in the west to the Sea of Okhotsk in the east.
Turkish (spoken in Turkey and the Balkans) is the principal Turkic language.
www.scnt01426.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk /Articles/Language/Altaic.htm   (202 words)

  
 Uralic Languages - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Uralic Languages, family of 38 related languages spoken by numerous peoples in a vast area of northern Eurasia.
Language, communication among human beings that is characterized by the use of arbitrary spoken or written symbols with agreed-upon meanings.
Alphabet (from alpha and beta, the first two letters of the Greek alphabet), set of written symbols, each representing a given sound or sounds,...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Uralic_Languages.html   (181 words)

  
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Altaic (Korean, Japanese, Mongolic, Tungus- Manchu [Evenki], Turkic) Ethnic Interpretations: Mongolian According to Alexeev, located on the coast of Lake Baikal and the surrounding Siberian regions is the Mongolian Family of Buriat = Buriatic people.
Turkic and Mongolian languages are studied in Japanese Universities and are as strong as these language studies in universities in Germany, Russia, and the United States.
On the Tokharian language and medicine/magic in Central Asia with parallels to Sanskrit and a Tibetan language: 1948.
www.drummingnet.com /alekseev/Lecture10.doc   (5928 words)

  
 Turkish Language and the Native Americans
Similarly, a proto-Altaic language spoken by the members of an Altaic community who became separated from each other, in time by thousands of years and in space by thousands of kilometres, would definitely develop independently of each other in a way that when examined at present, they would appear alien to each other.
In spite of the evolutionary forces that act upon a language and cause changes in its structure and in the pronunciation of its words, one can still recognise these two words in languages which are related to each other.
However as the language develops in time, the vowels in a word may change into other vowels such as "a" into "e", "o", "u" while consonants of the words, in general, would tend to maintain their identity in the word through time.
www.iol.ie /~afifi/Articles/turkic.htm   (4848 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Altaic (Language And Linguistics) - Encyclopedia
Altaic[altA´ik] Pronunciation Key, subfamily of the Ural-Altaic family of languages (see Uralic and Altaic languages).
Spoken by over 130 million people, who occupy parts of a territory that stretches from E Europe across the Central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan to the Pacific Ocean, the Altaic languages fall into three subdivisions: Turkic, Mongolian (see Mongolian languages), and Tungusic.
Like the Uralic languages, the Altaic tongues are characterized by agglutination and vowel harmony.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/A/Altaic.html   (275 words)

  
 Languages : Altaic Family
The language used to be written in Chinese characters.
The Altaic languages have lots of suffixes that can be glued on one after the other to build up quite complex ideas.
All languages are influenced by languages they are in contact with.
www.krysstal.com /langfams_altaic.html   (445 words)

  
 Altaic Languages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In fact, the connection between the members of the Altaic family (Turkic, Mongolian, Tungusic) is not accepted by all linguists and there is even more controversy when Japanese and Korean are included in the family.
Altaic languages have not received the attention they deserve, and their exact relationship is still puzzling even to the linguists that specialize in them.
The languages share a number of features that suggest they could be related: agglutination, vowel harmony and a lack of grammatical gender and articles.
www.concentric.net /~chanska/home/altaic.html   (317 words)

  
 Uralic and Altaic languages — Infoplease.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Ugrian - Ugrian or Ugric, subgroup of the Finno-Ugric group of languages, which is, in turn, a subdivision...
Mongolian languages - Mongolian languages, group of languages forming a subdivision of the Altaic subfamily of the...
Turkish language - Turkish language, member of the Turkic subdivision of the Altaic subfamily of the Ural-Altaic...
www.infoplease.com /ce6/society/A0850158.html   (618 words)

  
 Altaic Influnce on Mandarin - Asia Finest Discussion Forum
Similarly, most northern Chinese people are descendants of Altaic conquerers and Mandarin is strongly influenced by Altaic languages grammatically and phonetically.
Daic languages and ancient Chinese are head-first, while Altaic languages are head-last.
Southern Chinese languages are head-first with some head-last rules, and Mandarin is a mixture of head-first and head-last.
www.asiafinest.com /forum/index.php?showtopic=30949   (1372 words)

  
 Han-Tibetan, Altaic Languages Close Relatives
The Han-Tibetan and Altaic groups of languages, two of the world's nine big language families, have certain things in common which indicate that they might have the same primitive roots, according to a Mongolian linguist.
Besides, the word-building rules and grammars of the languages are the same as or similar to those of the Chinese language.
Ewenk use a traditional language that is under the Manchu-Tungus language family and Buryats are basically near-identical to Mongolians speaking a Mongolian-related dialect unlilke Ewenki language.
www.new-tradition.org /forum/showthread.aspx?m=87023   (2505 words)

  
 The U of MT -- Mansfield Library LangFing Altaic
You have reached the page on Altaic languages, which is just one part of the "Language Finger" homepage, which is an index by language to the holdings of the Mansfield Library of The University of Montana.
updated 4-30-2002 Azeri (Ural-Altaic), formerly called Azerbaijani -- and not to be confused with Azari, an Iranian language belonging to the Indo-Hittite family of languages --, belongs to the Southwestern Turkic sub-branch of the Turkic sub-branch of the Altaic branch of the Ural-Altaic family of languages.
The language is spoken in the Chuvash Autonomous Republic.
www.lib.umt.edu /guide/lang/altaiclh.htm   (2024 words)

  
 LINGUIST List 5.908: Altaic
These languages are of the SOV type, are agglutinative and share morphophonological harmony.
I also believe that Poppe was not firmly convinced that Japanese belonged within Altaic, despite the fact that he wrote a foreword to Roy A. Miller's book "Japanese and the other Altaic languages".
Altaic, like Penutian, is clearly a useful arena for historical investigation.
www.linguistlist.org /issues/5/5-908.html   (1723 words)

  
 Japanese Language
Japanese is a Souteast Asian language related to Vietnamese, Tibetan, Burmese or, in one school of thought, the Tamil languages of southern India and Ceylon.
A.D., this Altaic language was the dominate language on the islands.
This language was in part influenced by the Pacific Island languages (the Austronesian languages) that surrounded the islands of Japan and thus formed an Austronesian substratum in Japanese.
www.wsu.edu:8080 /~dee/ANCJAPAN/LANGUAGE.HTM   (1787 words)

  
 The U of MT -- Mansfield Library LangFing Uralic
You have reached the Uralic Languages page, which is just one part of the "Language Finger" homepage, which is an index by language to the holdings of the Mansfield Library of The University of Montana.
Hungarian is the language of the country of Hungary, and is written in the Latin alphabet.
Korean is the national language of the countries of both North and South Korea.
www.lib.umt.edu /guide/lang/uraliclh.htm   (2447 words)

  
 Altaic Languages - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Altaic Languages - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Altaic Languages, family of 65 languages spoken by about 167 million people in around 23 different countries, in a vast area of Eurasia extending...
Turkish Language, also Osmanli or Ottoman Turkish, national language of Turkey, spoken also by Turkish minorities in Central Asia, the Balkans, and...
uk.encarta.msn.com /Altaic_Languages.html   (87 words)

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