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Altaic Languages
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“Altaic” is the conventional name for a group of languages and language families, widespread and dominating in parts of Central and Northern Asia. It alludes to the Altai mountain range in Southern Siberia, where earlier scholarship tried to locate the original habitat of the speakers of these languages in prehistoric times, a position which, h…

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Stefan GEORG, “Altaic Languages”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000010>
First published online: 2015

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