Given the sheer size of Russia, it’s no surprise that the land is dotted with diverse ethnolinguistic groups, which each have their own language, culture, and customs. In many cases, these languages and cultures are nothing like the dominant Russian language and culture, having originated from entirely different roots. This is particularly true in Asian Russia, which is home to many indigenous Turkic, Mongolic, and other ethnolinguistic groups. Today’s focus is on the Tuvan people and language of southern Siberia.
Tuvan is a Turkic language that bears little resemblance to Russian—the Mongolian influence on the language is greater than the Russian influence. Tuvan is primarily spoken in Tuva, an autonomous republic in Russia, and since ethnic Tuvans make up the vast majority of inhabitants of the republic, the language is relatively stable for a minority language in Russia. Around 280,000 people speak the language, accounting for roughly the entire Tuvan ethnic population. However, Tuvan is still a minority language, and a lot of translation agencies don’t bother putting together a Tuvan team. At TranslationServices.com, we’re different—we’re proud to have Tuvan translation team.
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Tuvan: a Mongolian-influenced Turkic language in Russia
While most Tuvan speakers reside in Tuva, small communities can also be found in Mongolia and China, although Tuvans in China are classified as ethnically Mongolian. The Tuvan people have managed to hold onto their language and culture more than many other indigenous peoples in Russia, and there have long been separatist sentiments in the republic. In the past, Tuvan was written in the vertical Mongolian script, which was replaced by a Latin-based script in 1930. Just 13 years later, the Latin orthography was replaced by the Cyrillic alphabet, which is still used today.
Tuvan is a Turkic language, but its vocabulary has been heavily influenced by neighboring Mongolian. Like all Turkic languages, it’s agglutinative, attaching series of suffixes to stems to alter the grammatical nuance for everything from plurality, to possession, to relative location. Tuvan has eight cases, but the precise suffixes differ based on the phonology of the stem word. The same phenomenon is observed in verbal tense, aspect, and mood markers. Tuvan also exhibits a word order of subject-object-verb, which is found in all Turkic languages.
Our Tuvan translation team is staffed with passionate Tuvan native speakers who are eager to help translate to and from their language.
Tuvan translation services available to all
No matter who you are, if you want Tuvan translation services, you’ve come to the right place. Our specially selected team is able to handle translation from Tuvan as well as into Tuvan, so we’re confident that we can accommodate your needs. We have team members who can translate Tuvan literature and poetry into English, helping spread Tuvan culture around the world. We even have translators who can translate historical Tuvan documents in the Latin or Mongolian scripts. Equally, we’re pleased to say that we can translate all sorts of documents into Tuvan—from research surveys, to business and promotional documents, to educational material, to books, websites, apps, games, and more.
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