In this book, Talant Mawkanuli presents 37 individual texts in Jungar Tuvan, as well as their English translations. These texts were recorded by the author in the Jungar-Altai region of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China from the years 1987 to 1995. Jungar Tuvan is spoken by only 4,000 people worldwide, and it is a dialect of the Turkic language Tuvan, itself only spoken by 200,000-300,000. As such, works such as this are vital for the recording and preservation of Jungar Tuvan. The texts within the book are arranged into five general types: tales of history and culture, tales of human life and personal experiences, folk tales, songs and blessings, and conversations. The texts are presented with line-by-line Jungar Tuvan in Latin transcription with English translation. For specialists in the field of Turkic linguistics or those simply interested in the lives of minorities in Inner Asia, this book is an excellent source for both cultural and linguistic information.
Abbreviations and Conventions Introduction 1. Tales of history and culture 1.1 The Altay Tuva 1.2 The Clans of Jungar Tuva 1.3 My hometown – Akkaba 1.4 Distribution of Jungar Tuva 1.5 Tuvas in China 1.6 Movements of Tuvas in Akkaba 1.7 Education 1.8 The Tuvan language 1.9 The changing languages and cultures 1.10 Religion 1.11 Worshiping Altay 1.12 Tuvan traditional marriage 1.13 House Building 2. Tales of human life / personal experiences 2.1 A personal history of an elementary school student 2.2 A personal history of a middle school student 2.3 A personal history of a surgeon 2.4 A personal history of a retired school principle 2.5 A personal history of a college student 2.6 A true story in life 2.7 Searching for a wife 3. Folk Tales 3.1 "Old Lady Dektene" 3.2 A blue gizzard sparrow with a multicolored waist 3.3 Old man and old lady 3.4 Shanagash Hunters 3.5 Shaman healers 3.6 Fortuneteller 4. Songs and Blessing 4.1 The Fatherland – Kom and Kanas 4.2 Konggiray 4.3 Soyan Clan 4.4 Altay Zhagay 4.5 Erdene "Elegant" 4.6 Amirak "Sweetheart" 4.7 "Blessing" 5. Conversations 5.1 Conversation 1 5.2 Conversation 2 5.3 Conversation 3 5.4 Conversation 4 Word List Bibliography