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1Relating to the Altai Mountains.
- ‘The difference in algal communities between the Altaic and other glaciers is discussed together with physical and chemical conditions affecting the algae.’
2Denoting or belonging to a phylum or superfamily of languages which includes the Turkic, Mongolian, Tungusic, and Manchu languages. They are characterized by agglutination and vowel harmony.
- ‘The Uighur language belongs to the Turkic group of the Altaic family.’
- ‘Turkish is an Altaic language, linguistically unrelated to English, but displayed in the Roman alphabet with 6 special characters.’
- ‘Korean is generally thought to belong to the Altaic language family, along with Turkish, Mongolian, Japanese, and other languages.’
- ‘Hans and Huis speak Chinese (which belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family), whereas Uygurs, Uzbeks, and Kazaks speak languages belonging to the Turkic language group of the Altaic language family.’
- ‘Japanese shows some similarities to Korean and the Altaic languages.’
[mass noun] The Altaic family of languages.
- ‘These samples include individuals from nine language phyla (Australian, Amerind, Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Austric, Indo-Pacific, Indo-Hittite, Niger-Kordofanian, and Afro-Asiatic).’
- ‘Nostratic, as originally proposed by Vladislav Illich-Svitych, consists of: Indo-European, Uralic, Altaic, Afro-Asiatic, Kartvelian (also known as South Caucasian), and Dravidian.’
- ‘Minorities in China speak more than 80 languages from five language families: Sino-Tibetan, Altaic, Austro-Asiatic, Austronesian, and Indo-European.’
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