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date: 19 February 2020

Tokharian (Tocharian) language and literature 

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Mark DickensMark Dickens

Extinct Indo-European language spoken along the *Silk Road from *Turfan to Tumshuq, preserved in two dialects (Tokharian A, from Qarashahr and Turfan, and Tokharian B, from Kucha and Turfan) with a possible third (Tokharian C, from Loulan/Kroraina). Some scholars designate these as separate languages, not dialects; together they form a unique branch of the Indo-European language family. Although some Tokharian documents are epistolary, commercial, or medical, most are ... ...

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