Altai, Northern

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A language of Russian Federation

Alternate Names
Telengit, Telengut, Teleut
Population

57,400 (2010 census). 2,000 Tuba, several thousand Kumandy, 2,000 Chalkan (Salminen 2007). Census includes Southern Altai [alt]. Ethnic population: 67,200 (including Southern Altai).

Location

Gorno-Altai Ao mountains, Mongolia and China border.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Chalkan, Kumandy, Tuba. No comprehension of Southern Altai [alt]. Considered a separate language. Teleut may be a separate language.

Language Use

Home, community, media. Little transmission of language to children (2007). Also use Russian [rus].

Writing
Cyrillic script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.