Altay is a member of the Kypchak branch of the Central Turkic language
language family, and is spoken in the Altai republic and Altai Krai in
the Russian Federation. These neighbouring regions in southern Siberia are
home to about 67,900 Altay speakers, according to the 2002 census.
There are two main subdivisions of the language: Northern Altay in Altai
Krai, and southern Altay in the Altai Republic, where it has official status
along with Russian. Northern Altay dialects include Tuba, Kumandy, Turachak,
Solton, Starobardinian and Chalkan; and Southern Altay dialects include Altay proper,
Mayma, Telengit, Tölös, Chuy and Teleut.
Altay was written with the Latin alphabet between 1928 and 1938, and
has written with the Cyrillic alphabet since 1938.
Altay alphabet and pronunciation
Information about Altay pronunciation compiled by Wolfram Siegel