The Turkic Languages
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The Turkic languages are spoken today in a vast geographical area stretching from southern Iran to the Arctic Ocean, and from the Balkans to the great wall of China. There are currently twenty literary languages in the group, the most important among them being Turkish with over seventy million speakers; other major languages covered include Azeri, Bashkir, Chuvash, Gagauz, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Noghay, Tatar, Turkmen, Uyghur, Uzbek, Yakut, Yellow Uyghur and languages of Iran and South Siberia.
The Turkic Languages is a reference book which brings together detailed discussions of the historical development and specialized linguistic structures and features of the languages in the Turkic family. Seen from a linguistic typology point of view, Turkic languages are particularly interesting because of their astonishing morphosyntactic regularity, their vast geographical distribution and their great stability over time.
This volume builds upon a work which has already become a defining classic of Turkic language study. The present, thoroughly revised edition updates and augments those authoritative accounts, and reflects recent and ongoing developments in the languages themselves, as well as our further enhanced understanding of the relations and patterns of influence between them. The result is the fruit of decades-long experience in the teaching of the Turkic languages, their philology and literature, and also of a wealth of new insights into the linguistic phenomena and cultural interactions defining their development and use, both historically and in the present day.
Each chapter combines modern linguistic analysis with traditional historical linguistics; a uniform structure allows for easy typological comparison between the individual languages. Written by an international team of experts, The Turkic Languages will be invaluable to students and researchers within linguistics, Turcology and Near Eastern and Oriental Studies.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
List of Contributors
A General Introduction to the Turkic Family
The Structure of the Volume
Diversity and Harmonization
Transcription and Notations
Abbreviations in Glosses
1 The Speakers of Turkic Languages Hendrik Boeschoten
2 The Turkic Peoples: A Historical Sketch Peter B. Golden
3 The Structure of Turkic Lars Johanson
4 The Reconstruction of Proto-Turkic and the Genealogical Question András Róna-Tas
5 Transeurasian Martine Robbeets
6 The History of Turkic Lars Johanson
7 Turkic Writing Systems András Róna-Tas
8 East Old Turkic Lars Johanson
9 West Old Turkic László Károly
10 Middle Kipchak Árpád Berta and Éva Á. Csató
11 Chaghatay Hendrik Boeschoten
12 Ottoman Turkish Celia Kerslake
13 Turkish Éva Á. Csató and Lars Johanson
14 Turkish Dialects Bernt Brendemoen
15 The Turkish Language Reform Bernt Brendemoen
16 Gagauz Astrid Menz
17 Azeri Elisabetta Ragagnin
18 Turkmen Birsel Karakoç
19 Turkic Languages of Iran Christiane Bulut
20 Tatar and Bashkir Árpád Berta
21 West Kipchak Languages Árpád Berta & Éva Á. Csató
22 Kazakh and Karakalpak Aynur Abish
23 Noghay Birsel Karakoç
24 Kirghiz Birsel Karakoç and Kenjegül Kalieva
25 Uzbek Hendrik Boeschoten
26 Uyghur Abdurishid Yakup
27 Yellow Uyghur and Salar Abdurishid Yakup
28 South Siberian Turkic Claus Schönig and Irina Nevskaya
29 Yakut Astrid Menz and Vladimir Monastyrev
30 Chuvash Klára Agyagási
Lars Johanson, one of the world’s leading Turcologists, was born and educated at Uppsala University in Sweden. He is professor of Turcology at the University of Mainz, Germany. He has published widely on descriptive and historical linguistics, mostly focusing on the Turkic language family. His book "Turkic" (2021) presents his pioneering contributions to Turkic linguistics and language typology. He edits the journal "Turkic Languages" and the monograph series "Turcologica".
Éva Á. Csató, born in Hungary, is professor em. in Turkic languages at Uppsala University, Sweden. She studied linguistics and Turcology at the University of Oslo. Her research interests include Turkic linguistics, syntactic typology, contact linguistics, documentation and revitalization of endagered Turkic languages. She has published over a hundred articles and edited more than ten volumes on different Turkic linguistic topics. She is in the editorial board of the journal "Turkic Languages".