Karachay-Balkar language


Karachay-Balkar language

Infobox Language
name=Karachay-Balkar
nativename=Къарачай-Малкъар/Qarachay-Malqar
familycolor=Altaic
states=Russia
region=Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia
speakers=400,000
fam1=Altaic [" [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=90009] Ethnologue"] (controversial)
fam2=Turkic
fam3=Kypchak
fam4=Kypchak-Cuman
script=Cyrillic alphabet, Latin alphabet
iso2=krc|iso3=krc

The Karachay-Balkar language (Къарачай-Малкъар /Qarachay-Malqar/) is a Turkic language spoken by the Karachays and Balkars. It is divided into two dialects: Karachay which pronounces two phonemes as IPA|/ʧ/ and IPA|/ʒ/, and Balkar, which pronounces the corresponding phonemes as IPA|/ʦ/ and IPA|/z/.

Alphabet

Modern Karachay-Balkar alphabet

Bibliography

* Chodiyor Doniyorov and Saodat Doniyorova. "Parlons Karatchay-Balkar". Paris: Harmattan, 2005. ISBN 2-7475-9577-3.

References

External links

* http://salpagarov.narod.ru some information on the Karachay-Balkar language and people (in Russian and Karachay-Balkar)


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