Tuoba language

Native toTuoba
RegionNorthern China and Mongolia
Mongolic or Turkic
  • Tuoba
Language codes
ISO 639-3

Tuoba (Tabγač or Tabghach; Chinese: 拓跋) is an extinct Mongolic or Turkic language spoken by the Tuoba people in northern China around the 5th century AD during the Northern Wei dynasty.

Alexander Vovin (2007) identifies the extinct Tabγač or Tuoba language as a Mongolic language.[1] However, Chen (2005)[2] argues that Tuoba (Tabγač) was a Turkic language.


  1. ^ Vovin, Alexander. 2007. ‘Once again on the Tabγač language.’ Mongolian Studies XXIX: 191-206.
  2. ^ Chen, Sanping 2005. Turkic or Proto-Mongolian? A Note on the Tuoba Language. Central Asiatic Journal 49.2: 161-73.