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A hypothetical language group that comprises the Uralic and Altaic language families. Also called Turanian.

U′ral-Al·ta′ic adj.
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(Languages) a postulated group of related languages consisting of the Uralic and Altaic families of languages
(Languages) of or relating to this group of languages, characterized by agglutination and vowel harmony
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a hypothesized language family that includes the Uralic family and the Altaic languages.
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Noun1.Ural-Altaic - a (postulated) group of languages including many of the indigenous languages of Russia (but not Russian)
natural language, tongue - a human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
Altaic language, Altaic - a group of related languages spoken in Asia and southeastern Europe
Uralic, Uralic language - a family of Ural-Altaic languages
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They also decided to put initiatives to promote cooperation among the countries that belong to the Ural-Altaic language group.
The main difference is that the Turkic refugees spoke Uzbek, Turkmen, which are of the same Ural-Altaic language family as modern Turkish.
The agglutinative Finno-Ugric and Ural-Altaic languages routinely form words by sticking pieces together.
For instance Magyar (Hungarian), part of the Ural-Altaic language group, has been influenced by German: the German haus (house) has become Hungarian haz.
(Mongolian, a Ural-Altaic Ylanguage of many intricacies, is changing its alphabet from the horizontal Cyrillic script introduced by the communists back to the traditional Mongol vertical script.)