AltaicWiki: A wiki about the Altaic Language Family

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Welcome
Welcome to Altaic Wiki ,a wiki all about Altaic Language family . The Altaic family is made up of a group of languages
located in East, North, Central, and West Asia and Eastern Europe. This wiki is about the cultures, history, and people belonging
to this vast language family. This wiki is a work of people who are interested in cultures, history, and languages of the Altaic speakers.
Please see About Us and FAQ for more information
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Some Imformation quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altaic_languages
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What are the Altaic speaking peoples?
The Altaic peoples many ethnic groups, who speak Altaic languages, spreading from East to West. They are a melting pot of faces, history, and cultures. Altaic speaking peoples are believed to have their origins in Southern Siberia.


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What about the Altaic languages?

About 250 million people speak the Altaic languages. The word order of the Altaic languages is different from English. The word order is SOV (subject, object, verb). Altaic languages are agglutinating languages meaning they have many suffixes that are put on one after the other to make many complex ideas. Also a lot of Altaic languages, like Turkish, have vowel harmony and this means that the vowels are grouped into sets. Most have a lack of gender words (He, She). Most native words in Altaic languages will never start with the letter L or R.

Reference: (Kryss Katsiavriades and Talaat Qureshi)


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What are the branches of the family?

There are five branches in the Altaic family.

Turkic: Speakers of the Turkic languages (over 200 million speakers) like Uzbek , Tuvan , and Turkmen. Turkic speakers are located in Central Asia, Siberia, Russia, Turkey and parts of Eastern Europe. They are the most westward group of Altaic speakers and are the most diverse and widespread branch of the Altaic Language family (source Turkic) .

Mongolic: Speakers of the Mongolic languages (about 9 million speakers) like Buryat and Mongolian. They occupy the Southern Siberia and Mongolia and have the Turkic speakers to the west and Tungusic speakers to the east (source Mongolic) .

Tungusic (Also known as Manchu-Tungusic): Speakers of the Manchu Tungusic languages (around 63,000 speakers and endangered) like Manchurian and Evenki. They are the most eastward Altaic speakers and they occupy (source Tungusic).

Japonic: Speakers of the Japonic languages (over 130 million speakers) like Japanese and Okinawans. Some scholars believe Japonic is close to Korean language (source JapaneseRyukyuan).

Korean: Speakers of the Korean languages (about 78.5 million speakers). Some scholars believe Korean language is close to Japonic languages (source Korean) .

*Some Altaic scholars only include Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic as the core branches.
However Japonic and Korean languages do have many of the same grammar features found in Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic and some Altaic scholars include them in the Altaic group. For more imformation see below.

Why is Korean and Japanese listed as Altaic on this wiki when it is still disputed?
Today scholars do not have the one view about Japanese or Korean being Altaic languages. Some think they are Altaic and some think they are isolated languages or isolated languages with Altaic influence. However at Altaic Wiki Korean and Japanese are included as Altaic languages. Japanese and Korean languages do have a lot of Altaic traits like word order, lack of gender words and agglutinating grammar. Korean has vowel harmony (Wikipedia contributors). Early Japanese also might of had vowel harmony but the fact is still being disputed (Wikipedia contributors). Vowel harmony is common in about every Altaic language and is mostly found in Altaic, Uralic, and some Native American languages. [source]

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Sources:
Katsiavriades, Kryss, and Talaat Qureshi. "The Altaic Family of Languages." Krysstal.com. Krysstal, n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2012. http://www.krysstal.com/langfams_altaic.html.

Wikipedia contributors. "Vowel harmony." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 Sep. 2012. Web. 12 Oct. 2012.



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