Tatar Language

Tatar Alphabet by Mardesign

Tatar language belongs to the Kipchak brunch of Turkic languages family.

Like all Turkic languages, Tatar is characterized by vowel harmony and  agglutinative nature of grammatical relations between words.

Based on the lexicostatistical matrix of Turkic languages and according to the to recent article in Journal of Language Evolution, Tatar language exhibits more than 50% of basic lexical similarities with at least 12 Turkic languages (Azeri, Bashkir, Crimean Tatars, Kazakh, Karachi, Khakas, Kyrgyz, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Uyghur, Uzbek).

Tatar language has several dialects due to geographical location (Volga/Kazan, Astrakhan, Siberian) and grammatical nuances (Mishar). Crimean Tatar language is much closer grammatically, phonetically and lexically to Turkish language than literary (Volga) Tatar language. The modern written Tatar language is based on the Cyrillic script since 1938. Prior to that Tatar writing was Latin (1927-38) and Arabic scripts based as well and ancient Turkic runes.  

Consider introducing yourself to Tatar language and culture to broaden up your horizons! Here are are several online resources available as of December 2021:


Read, Listen, Watch

Listen to Tatar Music


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