KARAIM belongs to the Kipchak branch of Turkish Languages.
KARAIM (KARAITE) [KDR] 535 mother tongue speakers (16%) out of an ethnic population of 3,340 (1979 census). Lithuania and southwest Ukraine, small communities in the Crimean Peninsula, city of Galiche. Also in Ukraine. Altaic, Turkic, Western, Ponto-Caspian. Dialects: EASTERN KARAIM, NORTHWESTERN KARAIM, TRAKAY, GALITS. Close to Karachay and Kumyk. A literary language. Cyrillic and Hebrew scripts, Lithuanian Karaims use also Latin script. National language of the Karaim. Jewish. Bible portions 1819-1889.
Central-Kipchak-Turkish: Crimean-Turkish, Judeo Crimean Tatar, Karaim, Karachay-Balkar, Kumuk, Nogay, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz.
Idil-Ural-Turkish: Bashkir, Chulim, Chuvash, Tatar.
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