The Linguistic-literary Term “Chaghatay” and the Native Sources
(45th Meeting of the PIAC, Budapest 2002)
“Chaghatay” is a well known and rather often used technical term in Turkic Studies. It is usually applied to denote a Central Asian Turkic literary language that was in use in a wide area populated by Turkic peoples with its center in Transoxania from the early 15th to the late 19th century. The proposed lecture is aiming at exploring and evaluating the data provided by native Turkic and Persian sources concerning the various uses and meanings of the term “Chaghatay”.