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The Mongolian language is spoken today by approximately five million people in the Mongolian Republic (also known as Outer Mongolia) and in China, mainly in the Inner Mongolian (Nèi Měnggǔ 内蒙古) Autonomous Region and adjacent territories.

It is a member of the Mongolian (or Mongolic) language family, to which belong, among others, the Buryat or Northern Mongolian (Buryat Republic, Russia), Oirat/Kalmyk or Western Mongolian (Kalmyk Republic, Russia, also in Xīnjiāng), and various minority languages in China, mostly in the Manchurian…

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Stefan GEORG, “Mongolian”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000280>
First published online: 2015

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