Northern Altai


  • Language: Northern Altai
  • Alternate names: Teleut, Telengut, северноалтайский язык, алтай тили, кумандинско-челканский язык, Telengit, Kumandin
  • Language code: atv
  • Language family: Turkic, Common Turkic, Central Siberian Turkic, South Siberian Turkic
  • Dialects: Kumandy-Kizhi, Kuu-Kizhi, Tuba-Kizhi.
  • Number of speakers: <10,000
  • Vulnerability: Endangered
  • Script: Cyrillic script.

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    Traditional religion, Christian.

    A conglomeration of tribal dialects constituting the northern section of the Altai branch of northern Turkic, also comprising Southern Altai; very close to the Kondoma dialect of Shor; Northern Altai and Southern Altai are two basically separate entities, which only during the Soviet period were "united" into a single language, and their speakers into a single "nationality," with a uniform written standard.