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Kazakh (Qazaq tili, Қазақ тілі) is a member of the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family.  Like all Turkic languages, it is believed to have descended from Chagatai, an extinct Turkic language which once served as a lingua franca in Central Asia. The word Chagatai refers to the Chagatai Khanate, the western part of the Mongol empire. In the 14th century, the Chagatai Khanate was conquered by Timur, a ...Full Article


Azerbaijani (Азәрбајҹан дили, آذربایجان دیلی), also known as Azeri, is a member of the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family. Turkic-speaking peoples first appeared in the area that is today’s Azerbaijan in the ...Full Article

Altaic Language Family

The Altaic language family derives its name from the Altai Mountain region where it is believed that these languages may have originated. It includes 66 languages spoken by about 250 million ...Full Article


Turkish (Türkçe), the westernmost of the Turkic languages, belongs to the Turkic branch of the Altaic language family. It has the largest number of speakers of all Turkic languages.There is a significant degree of ...Full Article


Japanese (Nihongo, 日本語) belongs to the Japonic language family. It is spoken as a first language by 122 million and as a second language by over 1 million people ...Full Article
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