Definition of Altaic in English:

Altaic

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Pronunciation: /alˈteɪɪk
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to the Altai Mountains.
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    • The difference in algal communities between the Altaic and other glaciers is discussed together with physical and chemical conditions affecting the algae.
  • 2Denoting or belonging to a phylum or superfamily of languages which includes the Turkic, Mongolian, Tungusic, and Manchu languages. They are characterized by agglutination and vowel harmony.
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    • Korean is generally thought to belong to the Altaic language family, along with Turkish, Mongolian, Japanese, and other languages.
    • The Uighur language belongs to the Turkic group of the Altaic family.
    • Hans and Huis speak Chinese (which belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family), whereas Uygurs, Uzbeks, and Kazaks speak languages belonging to the Turkic language group of the Altaic language family.

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  • The Altaic family of languages.
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    • Minorities in China speak more than 80 languages from five language families: Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Austro-Asiatic, Austronesian, and Indo-European.
    • Nostratic, as originally proposed by Vladislav Illich-Svitych, consists of: Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Afro-Asiatic, Kartvelian (also known as South Caucasian), and Dravidian.
    • These samples include individuals from nine language phyla (Australian, Amerind, Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Austric, Indo-Pacific, Indo-Hittite, Niger-Kordofanian, and Afro-Asiatic).

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