Pecheneg Language
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Pecheneg Language

Pecheneg is an extinct Turkic language spoken by the Pechenegs in Eastern Europe (parts of Southern Ukraine, Southern Russia, Moldova, Romania and Hungary) in the 7th-12th centuries. It is also possible that the language was spoken by the Cumans, per Byzantine princess Anna Komnene.[2]

It was most likely a member of the Oghuz branch of the Turkic family,[3] but poor documentation and the absence of any descendant languages have prevented linguists from making an accurate classification; most experts would be fairly confident in placing it among the Oghuz languages, but would refuse to classify it further.

Comparison of Pecheneg with Modern Turkish

Pecheneg word Modern Turkish word Meaning in English
somor s?çan rat
?egor sr cattle
tavgan tav?an rabbit
dohs domuz pig
çotka f?rça brush


  1. ^ Pecheneg at MultiTree on the Linguist List
  2. ^ Howorth, Henry Hoyle (1880). "History of the Mongols". Google Books. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ , ?. ?. , 1960, ?. 126-131.

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