Understanding The Turkmen Language & Providing Professional Turkmen Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services ® (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Turkmen language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Turkmen language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Turkmen interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Turkmen language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
Turkmen and The City That Love Built
Turkmen is the national language of Turkmenistan, a Turkic country in Central Asia. Until 1991, it was a constituent republic of the Soviet Union, the Turkmen Soviet Socialist Republic (Turkmen SSR). It is bordered by Afghanistan to the southeast, Iran to the southwest, Uzbekistan to the northeast, Kazakhstan to the northwest, and the Caspian Sea to the west. The name Turkmenistan derives from Persian, meaning "land of the Turkmen". The name of its capital, Ashgabat, means "the City of Arsaces" in Persian. It also loosely translates as "the city of love" or "the city that love built.”
Turrkmen is in the Turkic family; and further grouped in the larger Altaic language family. It is a member of the southwestern Turkic language family, more specifically the East Oghuz group. This group also includes Khorasani Turkic. Turkmen is closely related to Turkish and Azerbaijani, and it is often considered mutually intelligible. Turkmen has vowel harmony, is agglutinative, and has no grammatical gender or irregular verbs. Word order is Subject Object Verb.
Turkmen Writing System
Officially, Turkmen currently is rendered in the “New Alphabet”, which is based on the Latin alphabet. However, the old "Soviet" Cyrillic alphabet is still in wide use. Many political parties in opposition to the authoritarian rule of President Niyazov continued to use the Cyrillic alphabet on websites and publications, most likely to distance themselves from the alphabet that Niyazov created. Before 1929, Turkmen was written in a modified Arabic alphabet. From 1929 to1938, a Latin alphabet replaced it, and then the Cyrillic alphabet was used from 1938 to 1991. In 1991, the current Latin alphabet was introduced, although the transition to it has been rather slow. It originally contained some rather unusual letters, such as the pound, dollar, yen, and cent signs, but these were later replaced by more orthodox letter symbols. In 2002, the days of the week and the months were renamed according to the ideology of Ruhnama. In July 2008, this decision was reverted.
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The Turkmen language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Turkmen. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Turkmen interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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