Talk:Ili Turki language

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I might notice that all traits listed common with Uzbek/Qarluq are retentions, while the traits listed common with Kipchak are innovations. This suggests a rather different conclusion to me: Ili Turki is a Kipchak language, perhaps one that split very early from the rest of Kipchak so that it retained the traits which it now has in common with Qarluq; contact with Qarluq may have reinforced the retention of those traits such as geminates. (Alternatively, it could have acquired the Kipchak traits via contact, but that would have to be relatively recent contact with Kazakh – which is indeed spoken in the region, the Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, in modern times – because the Eastern Kipchak language was spoken in northern Kazakhstan originally.) However, it would be important to know which other traits relative to typical Qarluq and Kipchak traits Ili Turki exhibits. Perhaps the present sample is just highly unfortunate and misleading. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 15:58, 2 January 2014 (UTC)