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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.
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(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
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(ælˈteɪ ɪk)

1. the Turkic, Mongolian, and Tungusic language families collectively.
2. of or pertaining to Altaic or the Altai Mountains.
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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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We shall use the offered methods for evaluation of export potential of 10 large industrial companies of Altaic territory, the annual volume of manufacture of which over 2013 has exceeded RUB 1 billion.
The inner side of a Khanty shaman drum is also often painted with alder bark paint, whereas the Altaic people used to paint their drums with brown ochre (Holmberg 1933 : 353; Lehtisalo 1934 : 83).
But the parroting of Japanese models is here mostly limited to linguistic borrowing; refreshingly it does not extend to the question of the genetic relationship of the language, which the book freely admits may well be "Altaic," even paying tribute to the pioneering work of G.
The permanent International Altaistic Conference provides opportunities for scholars from around the world to present work on Altaic history, language and culture.
Beckwith (Uralic and Altaic studies, Indiana University) studies the extinct Koguryo language, which was once spoken in Manchuria and northern Korea.
612) and Proto-Altaic *sinu or *sinu 'bone, shin-bone', reconstructed by Sergei Starostin on the basis of Proto-Turcic *sinok, Mongolian *siya and Proto-Japanese *sunai ("Altaic etymological database" at the Internet-site or
Sinor (Indiana U.) continues working in the Uralic and Altaic studies and Central Eurasian studies department 20 years after he retired from teaching and administration.
*(h)[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] < "Altaic" *padak 'leg, foot' is to be compared with IE *ped-'id' but not considered as ancient (Proto-)Aryan loan in Turkic, despite the Turkic word revealing evidently Aryan vocalism (a < *e) and Aryan (< IE) suffix *-ka.
She also suggests some cognates of stems, particularly from Uralic and Altaic. Her effort cannot serve as a standard etymological dictionary, she warns, because not enough information is currently available, but it may be a first step toward producing one.
151-153), and the grammatical and lexical correspondences which are significant being shared by a number of non-Uralic, especially Altaic and Palaeo-Siberian languages (p.
Genial typological similarities allegedly detected between Japanese and languages such as Chadic or Tibetan are frequently invoked to "explain history"; sometimes also such references to Altaic languages slip in (e.g., p.
This is yet another attempt to find for Dravidian a larger linguistic "hyper-family," this time the so-called "Nostratic," on the base of correspondences between Dravidian, Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, and Hamito-Semitic.