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Extinct: no
Family: Altaic
Branch: Turkik
Continent: Europe
Country: Russia
Region: Tatarstan, from Moscow to eastern Siberia. Capital is Kazan (Kasan), on the Volga River. Also spoken in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkey (Europe), Turkmenistan, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan.
Countries Where Spoken: 464,669 in Russia (2000). Population total all countries: 1,610,032. Ethnic population: 6,645,588 in the former USSR (1989 census). China, Turkey.
Countries Where Official: Russia
Native Speakers: 464,669
Speakers Total: 1,610,032
Phrasebase members who speak Tatar at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Tatar at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Tatar: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Tatar: 0
Three Letter Code: TTR
Alternative Names: TARTAR
Summary: Eastern Tatar is divided into 3: Tobol-Irtysh, Baraba, and Tom. Tobol-Irtysh is divided into 5: Tyumen, Tobol, Zabolotny, Tevriz, and Tara (Tumasheva). Mixed dialects are: Astrakhan, Kasimov, Tepter, and Ural (Poppe). 43,000 Astrakhan have assimilated to the Middle dialect. Kasim (5,000) is between Middle and Western Tatar. Tepter (300,000) is reported to be between the Tatar and Bashkir languages. Uralic Tatar (110,000) is spoken by the Kerashen Tatar. The Karatai are ethnically Erzya, who speak Tatar. Not endangered. Different from Crimean Tatar (Crimean Turkish). Literacy rate in second language: High. Cyrillic script. Agriculturalists, oil workers, coal miners. Sunni Muslim, some Christian. Bible portions 1864-2000.

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