- Chinese Tatars
Chinese Tatars Total population 5,000 (2000 est.) Regions with significant populations China: Xinjiang Languages Religion Islam in China
The Chinese Tatars (simplified Chinese: 塔塔尔族; traditional Chinese: 塔塔爾族; pinyin: Tǎtǎěrzú; Tatar language: Кытай татарлары) form one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by the People's Republic of China.
Their ancestors are Volga Tatar tradesmen who settled mostly in Xinjiang.
Chinese Tatars speak an archaic variant of the Tatar language, free from 20th-century loanwords and use Arabic variant of the Tatar alphabet, declined in USSR in 1930s. Being surrounded by speakers of other Turkic languages, Chinese Tatar partially reverses the Tatar high vowel inversion. They do not have a writing system.
- ^ Minglang Zhou (2003). Multilingualism in China: the politics of writing reforms for minority languages, 1949-2002. Volume 89 of Contributions to the sociology of language (illustrated ed.). Published Walter de Gruyter. p. 183. ISBN 3110178966. http://books.google.com/books?id=joE5ZASNCGYC&pg=PA149&dq=kirgiz+arabic+script+shares+the+major&hl=en&ei=cDMlTbuPLsKblgePg8XHAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CEMQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=provide%20chinese%20tatar%20communities%20not%20have%20writing%20systems&f=false. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- Paul and Bernice Noll's Window on the World - List of ethnic groups in China and their population sizes
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