11 Facts About Tatar language


Tatar language is a Turkic language spoken by Tatars mainly located in modern Tatarstan, as well as Siberia.

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The official script of Tatar language is based on the Cyrillic script with some additional letters.

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In other cases, where Tatar language has no official status, the use of a specific alphabet depends on the preference of the author.

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Tatar language was made a de facto official language in Russia in 1917, but only within the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.

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However, Tatar language-speaking pupils had little chance of entering university because higher education was available in Russian almost exclusively.

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In other regions Tatar is primarily a spoken language and the number of speakers as well as their proficiency tends to decrease.

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Since 2017, Tatar language classes are no longer mandatory in the schools of Tatarstan.

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The claim that this language is part of the modern Tatar language is typically supported by linguists in Kazan, Moscow and by Siberian Tatars linguists and denounced by some Russian and Tatar ethnographs.

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In total Tatar language has nine or ten native vowels, and three or four loaned vowels.

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In 2004, an attempt to introduce a Latin-based alphabet for Tatar was further abandoned when the Constitutional Court ruled that the federal law of 15 November 2002 mandating the use of Cyrillic for the state languages of the republics of the Russian Federation does not contradict the Russian constitution.

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Literary Tatar language is based on the Middle Tatar dialect and on the Old Tatar language.

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