ISO 639-3: alt
||20,000 (1993 J. Janhunen). Ethnic population: 67,239 (including Northern Altai [atv], but excluding 2,399 Talangits and 2,650 Teleuts, 2002 census).
||Gorno-Altai Ao mountains, Mongolia and China border.
Western Asian Russia, reference number 36
||Altai, Oirot, Oyrot
||Altai Proper (Altai-Kizhi, Altaj Kizi, Maina-Kizhi, Southern Altai), Talangit (Talangit-Tolos, Chuy). Not inherently intelligible with Northern Altai [atv], though there is a dialect subgroup between them.
||Altaic, Turkic, Northern
||Traditional domains. All ages. Written Altai based on Southern Altai, but is rejected by Northern Altai children. Also use Russian.
||As medium in a few schools and a subject in a few schools. NT: 2003.
||Cyrillic script. Mongolian script.
||Different from Oirat [xal] (Kalmyk-Oirat), a Mongolian language. Animal husbandry: cattle; agriculturalists; hunters. Traditional religion, Christian, secularist.