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 (to͝ong-go͞o′zĭk, tŭn-)
A language family spoken in eastern Siberia and northern Manchuria that includes Evenki and Manchu. Also called Manchu-Tungus.
Of or relating to Tungusic or its speakers.
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(Languages) a branch or subfamily of the Altaic family of languages, including Tungus and Manchu
(Languages) of or relating to these languages or their speakers
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(tʊŋˈgu zɪk)

1. a family of languages spoken or formerly spoken in Manchuria and central and SE Siberia, including Manchu and Evenki.
2. of or pertaining to Tungusic or its speakers.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Tungusic - any member of a people speaking a language in the Tungusic familyTungusic - any member of a people speaking a language in the Tungusic family
Altaic - any member of the peoples speaking a language in the Altaic language group
Evenk, Tungus - a member of the Tungus speaking people of Mongolian race who are a nomadic people widely spread over eastern Siberia; related to the Manchu
Manchu - a member of the Manchu speaking people of Mongolian race of Manchuria; related to the Tungus; conquered China in the 17th century
2.Tungusic - a family of Altaic languages spoken in Mongolia and neighboring areasTungusic - a family of Altaic languages spoken in Mongolia and neighboring areas
Altaic language, Altaic - a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe
Tunguz, Evenki, Ewenki, Tungus - the Tungusic language of the Evenki in eastern Siberia
Manchu - the Tungusic language spoken by the Manchu
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Language Contact in Siberia: Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic Loanwords in Yeniseian
For example, Shirokogorov cited Smits's work regarding the study of Tungusic languages; he used Smits's Language of the Negidals and the Language of the Olchas for comparative purposes.
Specifically, she examines the male and female figures in the pre-Shamanic mythology of the Ket (Paleo-Siberian peoples who live in the Yenisei Basin) and the Evenk (Tungusic peoples who originated west of Lake Baikal and spread across Siberia), remarking that in the earliest preserved tales, "the deer women are the center of a life-giving universe and the source of life itself," while in later periods, the shaman takes on the power previously assigned to deities--many of them female (p.
Sinor (1961 : 172-173) compared this item in Pallas to Mongolian gunje 'radeau, canot' and similar items in the Tungusic languages, but as Middle Mongolian loans in Mari were typically mediated through Turkic (see e.g.
Hitherto, the long stretch of territory north of the Tumen mouth had been, like most of Northeast China (Dongbei), a sparsely inhabited zone of exclusion, with the population from Hunchun to the coast largely comprising shenzei (ginseng/sea cucumber bandits) and isolated pockets of Tungusic peoples related to the Manchus.
Are there parallels from Turkic, Tungusic, Eskaleut, Uralic, Bantu, and Dravidian (all examples of "agglutinating" families) that support Muysken's proposal regarding the resistance of agglutination to total morphology loss?
A Tungusic language, Manchu is now only spoken by a few elders, he says, but it is important for reading documents of China's last imperial dynasty and for exploring the Altaic family of languages.
Toward the end of this period, the Jurchens, a Tungusic people in northeastern Manchuria and direct forebears of the Manchus, rose in power and established the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234).
Mongol is an Altaic language--from the Altaic Mountains of Central Asia, a language family comprising the Turkic, Tungusic, and Mongolic subfamilies--and is related to Turkic (Uzbek, Turkish, and Kazakh), Korean, and, possibly, Japanese.
It seems that such silence only happens in the tungusic countries of poverty and misery.
In South Korea, some analysts imply inclusion of "Tungusic peoples" in the Altaic family on the basis of race to buttress Korean claims to Manchuria, via an "Altaic civilization" (with fanciful linguistic connections).