Most people’s first association with Turkic languages is Turkish—and for good reason. The similar names are not a coincidence—Turkish is by far the biggest Turkic language. But the Turkic language family extends far beyond Turkish, with speakers of various Turkic languages spanning from the Caucasus region throughout Central Asia all the way to Russia’s Far East region. Today, we’re focusing on Nogai, spoken in the Northern Caucasus region of Russia.
Nogai still has around 87,000 speakers today, but as a minority language of Russia, the language is seriously threatened by Russian, which has far more speakers and prestige. But that’s not all—Nogai is spoken in one of the most linguistically diverse parts of the world, the Caucasus. So, while Nogai is taught in schools in the Nogai District of Dagestan, which has the largest concentration of Nogai speakers, it remains endangered, with not so many children learning the language. A side effect of endangerment is that little is available in the way of translation services, and TranslationServices.com is here to help remedy that with our dedicated Nogai translation team.
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Where exactly is Nogai spoken, anyway? Nogai speakers are scattered throughout the Northern Caucasus region of Russia, with the highest concentration located in the Nogai District of the Republic of Dagestan. High numbers of Nogai speakers also reside in the neighboring Russian federal subjects of Stavropol Krai and Karachay-Cherkessia. Prior to 1928, Nogai was written in the Arabic script, adopting a Latin-based orthography in 1928. However, after only 10 years, the Latin script was replaced with a Cyrillic-based one, which is still used today.
Given that Nogai is a Turkic language, it is agglutinative, which means it “glues” suffixes to root words to form grammatical meanings. Nogai verbs come at the end of the sentence in a subject-object-verb word order, and the application of the suffixes added to words—both nouns and verbs—varies depending on the phonology of the root word. Nogai verbs are conjugated for tense, mood, and voice, and the language features two types of future tense: one that denotes certainty that the action will happen, and one that is less sure.
For learners, Nogai is a difficult language. But to our Nogai translators, who are native speakers, it all comes naturally. They’re eager to help anyone who needs Nogai translation services.
Flexible translation services for Nogai
No matter what your vision is for your Nogai translation project, our translation team is prepared to assist you. We have experts who can translate from Nogai to English as well as from English to Nogai, so we can cover a wide range of needs. For example, historical documents in Nogai (even ones written in the Arabic or Latin scripts) are fair game, as is Nogai-language literature—our translators will help you share precious Nogai historical and cultural artifacts abroad. More examples of our Nogai translation services include educational materials, books, websites, apps, games, poetry, and more translated into Nogai. Our team is passionate about creating more Nogai-language material, since this helps cement the language’s status and allows learners to acquire it more easily.
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