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A Third Pillar of the Altaic Hypothesis
A Third Pillar of the Altaic Hypothesis

Author(s): Roy Andrew Miller
Subject(s): Language studies, Phonetics / Phonology, Historical Linguistics
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: historical phonology; Altaic reconstruction; Mongol-Turkic comparison;

Summary/Abstract: The much-mooted hypothesis, original with Ramstedt (1912) and later refined by Poppe (1960), to the effect that a number of Altaic etymological sets in which certain Mongol intervocalic velars appear to correspond directly to Turkic intervocalic labials are to be explained in historical-phonological terms by postulating the earlier existence in the original language of a suprasegmental conditioning factor, probably a movable feature of pitch, is reinvestigated in the light of the Middle Korean written records; these texts preserve overt evidence for the inheritance of this same conditioning factor in their lexically significant tonic accent notations.

  • Issue Year: 56/2003
  • Issue No: 2-4
  • Page Range: 201-236
  • Page Count: 36
  • Language: English