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Title: Var mı, yok mu? ("Does it or doesn't it exist?"): the Altaic dilemma (or: Aru, nai?)
Authors: Mills, Timothy Ian
Keywords: Linguistics;Turkish language;Japanese language;Comparative linguistics;Typology (Linguistics);Altaic languages;Proto-Altaic language;Historical linguistics
Issue Date: Jan-1998
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Mills, T. I. (1998). Var mı, yok mu? ("Does it or doesn't it exist?"): the Altaic dilemma (or: Aru, nai?). Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 20(Winter), 55-72.
Abstract: This paper is an overview of arguments for the relatedness of the two languages demonstrated in the title - Turkish and Japanese - and the series of language groups between the two, including the rest of the Turkic languages, the Mongolian and Manchu-Tungus families, and Korean, the close sister of Japanese. The Altaic family is a hypothesized genetic unity including the subfamilies of Turkic, Mongolian, and Manchu-Tungus, as well as the fringe languages of Japanese and Korean. The great geographical expanse of these languages encourages scepticism until one considers that Indo-European is said to reach from Icelandic to Hindi. Having had less attention in studies of historical linguistics than lndo-European, the existence of the Altaic family is still hotly debated among scholars.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/51418
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 20, Winter 1998

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