Teleut is a variety of Southern Altay, a Turkic language spoken
by about 2,500 people in the Altai Republic in Western Siberia in the
Russian Federation. The Teleut people call themselves тэлэңэт
(Telenget) or тэлэңут (Telengut),
and are found mainly in the Shebalinskiy District of Altai Republic, the
Chumyshskiy District of Altaiskiy Region, along the Sem River, and in
Novosibirskaya Province and the south of Kemerovskaya Province (Gornaya Shoriya),
and Bolshoy Bachat and Malyy Bachat Rivers (Bachat Teleut).
An orthography for Teleut was created by Altai missionaries in the
19th century. This was used to publish religious material and school
books. The missionaries also described Teleut grammar and collected
substantial lexical material. The language is taught in the school
of Bekovo village.
Teleut alphabet and pronunciation
Information about Teleut pronunciation provided by Wolfgang Kuhl
Sample of Teleut
Кöбöк, Кöбöк, кöл кечет,
Köbök, Köbök, is crossing the lake,
Кöмÿр аласы суу кечет.
Is crossing a charcoal(?) river.
Кöбöктең артык эр туулса,
If a man better than Köbök is born,
Теңис кечире мост салсын.
He will build a bridge across the ocean.
Эки ташты колтыктанып,
Holding two stones in my armpit,
Теңисти кечкен, Мырат мен!
I crossed the ocean, Myrat is my name!
Йаңыс ташты колтыктанып,
Holding one stone in my armpit,
Йайыкты кечкен, Мырат мен!
Crossed the Ural (River), Myrat is my name!
The beginning of Myrat-Piy’s song, Recorded by D.A. Funk on 30 August, 1992 in Shanda village from A.K. Alagyzova