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A putative language family of Eurasia including Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic.
1. Of or relating to the Altai Mountains.
2. Of or relating to Altaic.


(Languages) a postulated family of languages of Asia and SE Europe, consisting of the Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic branches, and perhaps also Japanese, Korean, and Ainu. See also Ural-Altaic
(Languages) denoting, belonging to, or relating to this linguistic family or its speakers


(ælˈteɪ ɪk)

1. the Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic language families collectively.
2. of or pertaining to Altaic or the Altai Mountains.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Altaic - any member of the peoples speaking a language in the Altaic language group
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
Tungusic - any member of a people speaking a language in the Tungusic family
2.Altaic - a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe
Turkic, Turkic language, Turko-Tatar, Turki - a subfamily of Altaic languages
Tungusic language, Tungusic - a family of Altaic languages spoken in Mongolia and neighboring areas
Mongolic, Mongolic language, Mongolian - a family of Altaic language spoken in Mongolia
Korean - the Altaic language spoken by Koreans
Japanese - the language (usually considered to be Altaic) spoken by the Japanese
Ural-Altaic - a (postulated) group of languages including many of the indigenous languages of Russia (but not Russian)
Adj.1.Altaic - of or pertaining to or written in Altaic
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In addition, I note that when creating conditions for Altaic grain processors to enter the market of South-East Asia, there will be no crisis of grain overproduction in the Altai Territory and Siberia in the next few decades.
Almost all languages of the Uralic, Nakh-Daghestanian and Altaic language families are totally or almost totally devoid of the capacity to form new complex words by prefixation.
Mongolian exhibits differential case markings, and Guntsetseg investigates the pattern of this marking in Mongolian in order to contribute to the study of case marking and case differentiation in general and particularly in Altaic languages.
I am particularly interested in the influence of Altaic tribes and people who reached as far as Budapest and Vienna centuries ago (like the Mongols and Turks).
In addition, the language of Old Turkic inscriptions, as the earliest valuable written data for language reconstruction and establishment of genetic relations of modern Turkic languages, is still a frequent subject in Turkological studies, as well as in Altaic studies.
This becomes apparent when we compare Mongolian to other Altaic languages.
21) In 1969, the American historian Denis Sinor, in the foreword to his lexical course for students at Indiana University, defined "Inner Asia" as a synonym of "Central Eurasia," the homeland of both Altaic peoples (Mongolian, Turkic, and Manchu-Tungus) and Uralic ones (Finno-Ugrian and Samoyed).
Turkish is a member of the Altaic family of languages.
Proceedings of the Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics II, (MIT Working Papers in Linguistics Vol.
Gubar // Publishing house of Altaic Academy of Economic and Law.
The Concept of Sovereignty in Kazakhstan from Kultegin to the Present", in Altaic Berolinensia: The Concept of Sovereignty in the Altaic World, Barbara Kellner-Heinkele.
Substantially revising and updating his 2008 doctoral dissertation in Altaic studies at the University of Szeged, Hungary), Karoly describes the full set of Yakut deverbal nominal derivational suffixes and some adjacent suffixes of pre-Soviet times.