|Linguistic classification:||possibly Altaic (controversial)
The Tungusic languages (also known as Manchu-Tungus, Tungus) are spoken in Eastern Siberia and Manchuria. Some linguists consider them to be part of the Altaic languages but many others do not think that this is correct. Many Tungusic languages are in danger, and the long-term future of the family is uncertain.
Classification[change | change source]
- Evenki (obsolete: Tungus), spoken by Ewenkis in central Siberia and northeastern China and
- Even (Lamut) of eastern Siberia
Following languages can be considered dialects or related languages of Evenki
- Southwest Tungusic (or the Jurchen-Manchu group)
Jurchen-Manchu (Jurchen and Manchu are simply different stages of the same language).
References[change | change source]
- Ethnologue entry for Tungus languages
- Kane, Daniel. The Sino-Jurchen Vocabulary of the Bureau of Interpreters. Indiana University Uralic and Altaic Series, Volume 153. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, 1989.