One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a large group of closely related Altaic languages of western and central Asia, including Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uighur, Uzbek, and Tatar.
- ‘Kazakh, the official state language of Kazakhstan, is a Turkic language spoken by only 40 percent of the people.’
- ‘Kyrgyz is a Turkic language, most closely related to Kazak.’
- ‘It is a Turkic language belonging to the Altaic-Turkic language group.’
- ‘Most Kyrgyz people speak the Kyrgyz language, which is a distinct Turkic language with Mongol influences.’
- ‘Indeed, most of the Turkic languages had a significant percentage of Arabic and Persian loan elements.’
- ‘The Uzbek language belongs to the Turkic family of languages.’
- ‘The closest linguistic relatives of the Hungarians are the Finns and the Estonians, but the Hungarians are also distantly related to the Turkic peoples.’
- ‘The Karakalpak language is part of the Turkic language family.’
- ‘Central Asia largely speaks Turkic languages.’
- ‘Prior to Russian colonization it would often have been hard to say where one Turkic language started and another ended.’
- ‘Turkmen is part of the Oghuz group of Turkic languages.’
The Turkic languages collectively.
- ‘Karthli is distinct from Indo-European, Turkic, and Semitic languages.’
- ‘The Kyrgyz language belongs to the Southern Turkic group of languages.’
- ‘Most of the people continued to speak in various Turkic or Iranian dialects.’
- ‘It contains many Turkic, Persian, and Arabic elements.’
- ‘Still essentially Turkic, their language and way of life are now under threat.’
- ‘Thus Turkic languages have evolved differently in Eastern Turkistan.’
- ‘Although it has borrowed many words from Arabic, Turkic, Persian, and Russian, Georgian has remained distinctive.’
- ‘The word Tajik means crown and used to distinguish the Persian speaking from the Turkic speaking communities.’
Mid 19th century: from Turk + -ic.
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