Studies in Turkic and Mongolic Linguistics
This book, now back in print having been unavailable for many years, is one of the most important contributions to Turkic and Mongolic linguistics, and to the contentious 'Altaic theory'. Proponents of the theory hold that Turkish is part of the Altaic family, and that Turkish accordingly exists in parallel with Mongolic and Tungusic-Manchu. Whatever the truth of this theory, Gerard Clauson's erudite and vigorously expressed views, based as they were on a remarkable knowledge of the lexicon of the Altaic languages and his outstanding work in the field of Turkish lexicography, continues to command respect and deserve attention.
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CHAPTER I THE EARLY HISTORY OF THE TURKISHSPEAKING PEOPLES
CHAPTER II THE EVOLUTION OF THE TURKISH LANGUAGES
CHAPTER III THE TRANSCRIPTION OF TURKISH LANGUAGES
CHAPTER IV THE ARRANGEMENT OF WORDS IN A HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF TURKISH
CHAPTER V THE EVIDENCE REGARDING THE PHONETIC STRUCTURE OF PREEIGHTH CENTURY TURKISH
CHAPTER VI THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORD IN PREEIGHTH CENTURY TURKISH
CHAPTER VII THE SUFFIXES IN PREEIGHTH CENTURY TURKISH
CHAPTER VIII THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE PHONETIC STRUCTURE OF PREEIGHTH CENTURY TURKISH
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aleph alphabet Arabic Aramaic alphabet basic words Buddhist caph century A.D. century Mongolian Chapter Chinese Chuvash Clauson consonants deverbal dialects dots doubt earlier earliest early Turkish eighth century eleventh century example existed fricative function uncertain Giles gimel hP’ags-pa Hsien-pei Hsiung-nu Huns initial inscriptions intervocalic hiatus Iranian Iranian languages Juan-juan Karakhanid later layer loan word linguist loan words long vowels Manichaean manuscripts medial Mongolian languages Mongols native words nouns occurs Oğuz Orkhon inscriptions perhaps Persian phonetic structure plosive post-palatal pre-eighth century Turkish probably rare and unproductive represent resh Runic Runic alphabet Secret History Section seems short vowels Sinkiang Sogdian Sogdian alphabet spelt steppes suffix survived syllable texts thirteenth century Tibetan transcribed transcription translated by native Tungus Turkish languages Turkish loan words Turkish word Turks Türkü unvoiced Uyğur Uyğur script velar verbs vocabulary vowel letters words containing written zain