from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hypothetical language group that comprises the Uralic and Altaic language families. Also called Turanian.

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  • proper n. A conjectural grouping of the Uralic and Altaic language families, implying a common ancestor that lacks recognition among most current comparative linguists.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Urals and the Altai; as the Ural-Altaic, or Turanian, languages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See Altaic.

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  • n. a (postulated) group of languages including many of the indigenous languages of Russia (but not Russian)


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  • Predominant in the religious systems of Siberia and the Ural-Altaic peoples, it also played an important -- if somewhat more subordinate role -- in North America and elsewhere.

    Shamanism and the problem of consciousness

  • And others try the controversial Ural-Altaic route.

    Phoenix discusses Nostratic

  • Was that in Maths, Ural-Altaic languages, ... or some tedious non-subject?

    Brown: The South East Doesn't Matter

  • Many scholars but not all place Korean in the Ural-Altaic family of languages, the same one that includes Japanese as well as Hungarian and Finnish.


  • For example, Chukchi is an early cousin of Eskimo and Aleut (which appear to have links to both Ural-Altaic and Indo-European) while Yukaghir turns out to be a distant relative of Hungarian and Finnish (Uralic), ditto Koryak. MINORITY LANGUAGES OF RUSSIA.

  • The Bulgars, a people of mixed Ural-Altaic and Indo-European origin, had pressed westward through the lands of today's southern Russia and Ukraine.


  • The Huns, nomadic Mongols of the Ural-Altaic group, probably under pressure from the Zhu-Zhu Empire in Asia, swept into Europe in the 4th century and halted for some fifty years in the valley of the Danube and Theiss.

    c. Invaders of the West

  • The conclusion of his philological studies is briefly, that the Central-Asiatic, or as it might be called, the Ural-Altaic group of languages, is divided into six branches or families, namely, the language of the Mandshu Tartars, the

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851

  • Hungarian, Finnish, the Turkic languages, Mongolian, and Manchu belong to the Ural-Altaic family of languages, also known as the Turanian family, after the Persian word Turan for Turkestan.

    The Nazi Connection with Shambhala and Tibet

  • The peculiar, dull vowel, for instance, known in Russian as “yeri”6 has Ural-Altaic analogues, but is entirely wanting in Germanic, Greek, Armenian, and Indo-Iranian, the nearest Indo-European congeners of Slavic.

    Chapter 9. How Languages Influence Each Other


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