Mongolian language facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMongolian
|монгол хэл ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠬᠡᠯᠡ|
|Region||All of state Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, parts of Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Xinjiang and Gansu provinces in China|
|Native speakers||5.2 million (2005)|
Kharchin[not dialect link]
Shilin gol[not dialect link]
|Writing system||Mongolian alphabets:
Traditional Mongolian script
Mongolian Cyrillic alphabet (in Mongolia),
|Official language in||Mongolia
State Language Council,
Council for Language and Literature Work
|Linguasphere||part of 44-BAA-b|
Geographic distribution of Mongolic peoples across Asia (red)
The Mongolian language ( , Mongɣol kele, Cyrillic: Монгол хэл, Mongol khel) is the best-known member of the Mongolic language family and the language of most of the residents of Mongolia, where it is officially written with the Cyrillic alphabet and of around three million Mongolian speakers in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China, where it is officially written with the traditional Mongolian script. It is also spoken in some areas in the Russian Far East and Kyrgyzstan. The majority of speakers in Mongolia speak the Khalkha (or Halh) dialect, while those in China speak one of many Inner Mongolian dialects.
- Janhunen, Juha (ed.) (2003): The Mongolic languages. London: Routledge.
Images for kids
Nova N 176 found in Kyrgyzstan. The manuscript (dating to the 12th century Western Liao) is written in the Mongolic Khitan language using cursive Khitan large script. It has 127 leaves and 15,000 characters.
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