The Turkic languages are spoken today in a vast geographical area from the Balkans to the Arctic Ocean and from South Iran to China. There are currently twenty languages in the group, the most important being Turkish.
This is the first reference book to bring together detailed discussions of the historical development and specialized linguistic structures and features of this vast language family. Each chapter contains modern linguistic analysis with traditional historical linguistics, allowing for easy typological comparison of the language.
Table of Contents
Notes on transcription and symbols; Abbreviations of grammatical terms; 1. The speakers of Turkic languages; 2. The Turkic Peoples: A historical sketch; 3. The structure of Turkic; 4. The reconstruction of Proto-Turkic and the genetic question; 5. Transeurasian; 5. The history of Turkic; 6. Turkic writing sysytems; 7. East Old Turkic; 8. West Old Turkic; 8. Middle Kipchak; 9. Chaghatay; 10. Ottoman Turkish; 11. Turkish; 12. Turkish dialects; 13. The Turkish language reform; 14. Gagauz; 14. Azeri; 15.Turkmen; 16. Turkic languages of Iran; 17. Tatar and Bashkir; 18. West Kipchak languages; 19. Kazakh and Karakalpak; 20. Noghay; 21. Kirghiz; 22. Uzbek; 23. Uyghur; 24. Yellow Uyghur, Salar and Lop; 25. South Siberian Turkic; 26. Yakut; 27. Chuvash; The Appendix; List of Linguistic Terms