(redirected from Kalmuck)
Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.



the language of the Kalmyks. It is related to the Mongolian language group. It has two dialects, Torgut and Derbet. Kalmyk is spoken in the Kalmyk ASSR, Stavropol’ Krai, and Astrakhan, Rostov, and Volgograd oblasts. There are approximately 126, 000 Kalmyk speakers in the USSR (1970 census). Kalmyk is also spoken by about 60, 000 persons in the People’s Republic of China (1953–54 census).

Kalmyk phonetics is characterized by long and short vowels; vowel harmony is preserved. Kalmyk nouns are inflected for number and for ten cases. There is no category of gender. Adjectives do not agree with nouns. Verbs have categories of aspect, voice, mood, tense, person, and number. The earliest lexical borrowings into Kalmyk were Greek, Arabic, and Sanskrit, which found their way into the language through Sogdian, Uighur, and Tibetan. Modern borrowings come primarily from and through Russian. The Kalmyks used the Mongolian vertical script until the middle of the 17th century (1648), when it was replaced by the Zaya-Pandita writing system. The Russian alphabet was introduced in 1924. The writing system was based on the Roman alphabet from 1931 to 1938, when the Russian-based orthography was reintroduced.


Sanzheev, G. D. Grammatika kalmytskogo iazyka. Moscow-Leningrad, 1940.
Badmaev, B. B. Grammatika kalmytskogo iazyka: Morfologiia. Elista, 1966.
Ochirov, U. U. Grammatika kalmytskogo iazyka: Sintaksis. Elista, 1964.
Russko-kalmytskii slovar\ Edited by I. Ilishkin. Moscow, 1964.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Wiley Kalmuck sprung a 66-1 shock in the three mile handicap hurdle.
e] siecles," JA 206 (1925): 244; and in that article he went on to relate it to Kalmuck and Buryat ab in the same sense, as well as to Bur.
She slept in a bed fashioned in the shape of a scallop shell; she cultivated a fastidious elegance, wearing white dresses from the best Paris couturiers and perfuming herself with essence of violets; she had a high-breasted, small-waisted figure; glowingly milky skin; long, curly red-gold hair; thick, arched brows; piercingly intelligent eyes; and a lovely face one contemporary described as Kalmuck.
ASHLEY HOPKINS, 20, from Lincolnshire, rode his first winner on his fourth ride when 66-1 chance The Wiley Kalmuck landed the three-mile handicap hurdle.
History and heredity had endowed the Russian with the face of a Kalmuck.
In 1940 Stalin decided to obtain the support of the Kalmucks, a minority of Mongol origin who had migrated to the lower Volga region, by celebrating the 500th anniversary of the epic narrative of their hero Djangar.