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Turkmen children in traditional dress. History and genetic studies show that the Turkmen people, who speak an Oghuz Turkic language similar to Azerbaijani and Turkish, are descended largely from the Eastern Iranian people who lived in Khorasan and other areas of modern day Turkmenistan. These people intermarried with the groups of Turks making their way out of the steppes of central Siberia over hundreds of years, eventually forming a hybrid culture, though Turkic eventually became the dominant language. This is a process that defines much of Central Asian history, where settled Persian and Iranian speaking people intermarried with migratory Turkic nomads, eventually forming a unique culture that adopted aspects of both groups in language, dress, food, and customs.