Karachay-Balkar language facts for kids

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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 (controversial)
  • Turkic
    • Kypchak
      • Kypchak-Cuman
        • Karachay-Balkar
Writing system Cyrillic alphabet, Latin alphabet

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/.

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