Tocharian A

Facts

  • Language: Tocharian A
  • Alternate names: Agnean, Turfanian
  • Language code: xto
  • Language family: Indo-European, Tocharian
  • Number of speakers:
  • Script:

Introduction

Tocharian A is the easternmost Indo-European language, being spoken in ancient times in city-oases of Central Asia. It was not discovered until the turn of the 20th century, as a result of archaeological expeditions to Chinese Turkestan. Tocharian is not closely related to other branches of Indo-European. It has archaic features that suggest it separated early from Proto-Indoeuropean, probably after the Anatolian languages.

The verb