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Language Contact in Siberia: Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic Loanwords in Yeniseian.


Language Contact in Siberia: Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic Loanwords in Yeniseian

Bayarma Khabtagaeva



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The Languages of Asia Series; Volume 19


The Yeniseian languages (Kott, Assan, Arin, Pumpokol, Yugh, and Ket) form a rather heterogeneous language family that is traditionally classified as one of the Paleo-Siberian language groups, which are not related to each other or to any other language family on the planet. Khabtagaeva investigates phonetic, morphological, and semantic features of Altaic languages--Turkic, Mongolic, and Tungusic--that appear in Yeniseian languages. She is most concerned with clarifying the origins of loanwords, determining phonetic changes, and, if possible establishing the chronology of the borrowing. She uses the historical comparative method, and draws on a database of about 230 Turkic and 70 Tungusic loanwords, along with a smaller number of Mongolic origin that came through either the Siberian Turkic languages or the Tungusic Ewenki languages. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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