Kipchak languages

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Northwestern Turkic
Ethnicity: Kipchaks
Linguistic classification: Turkic
  • Kipchak
  • Kipchak–Bolgar
  • Kipchak–Cuman
  • Kipchak–Nogay
  • Kyrgyz–Kipchak
Glottolog: kipc1239[1]

 Kipchak–Bolgar   Kipchak–Cuman   Kipchak–Nogay and Kyrgyz–Kipchak 

The Kipchak languages (also known as the Kypchak, Qypchaq, or Northwestern Turkic languages) are a branch of the Turkic language family spoken by more than twelve million people in an area spanning from Lithuania to China.

Linguistic features[edit]

The Kipchak languages share a number of features that have led linguists to classify them together. Some of these features are shared with other Turkic languages; others are unique to the Kypchak language family.

Shared features[edit]

  • Change of Proto-Turkic *d to /j/ (e.g. *hadaq > ajaq "foot")
  • Loss of initial *h sound (preserved only in Khalaj. See above example.)

Unique features[edit]


The Kipchak languages may be broken down into four groups, based on geography and shared features:[1]

The language of the Mamluks in Egypt appears to have been a Kipchak language, probably one belonging to the Kipchak-Cuman group.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Kipchak". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.