Karachay-Balkar language

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Karachay-Balkar
Къарачай-Малкъар/Qarachay-Malqar
Native to Russia
Region Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachay-Cherkessia
Native speakers 400,000  (date missing)
Language family
Altaic[1] (controversial)
Writing system Cyrillic alphabet, Latin alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-2 krc
ISO 639-3 krc

The Karachay-Balkar language (Къарачай-Малкъар /Qarachay-Malqar/) is a Turkic language spoken by the Karachays and Balkars. It is divided into two dialects: Karachay which pronounces two phonemes as /tʃ/ and /ʒ/, and Balkar, which pronounces the corresponding phonemes as /ts/ and /z/.

References[change | change source]

  1. "[1] Ethnologue"