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Mongolic languages

The Mongolian languages are a family of languages spoken in inland northern Asia, primarily in Mongolia, the Inner Mongolia region of China, and Siberia. They have an estimated 5.7 million speakers, of which 5.2 million are speakers of Mongolian.

From the nineteenth century to the 1960s, it was thought that the Mon­go­l­ian languages were related to some other language families as part of a larger “Altaic family”. It’s now instead thought that the shared features of these languages are the result of prolonged linguistic contact, making them belong instead to an Altaic sprachbund.