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LINGUIST List 21.3505

Thu Sep 02 2010

Disc: Etymology of 'Urdu'

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        1.    Syed-Mohsin Naquvi, Etymology of 'Urdu'

Message 1: Etymology of 'Urdu'
Date: 26-Aug-2010
From: Syed-Mohsin Naquvi <mnaquviyahoo.com>
Subject: Etymology of 'Urdu'
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I teach Urdu to Bachelor level students. I begin my elementary class with a
brief introduction to linguistics giving basic ideas about phonetics and
the phonology of Urdu.

The word Urdu itself is a word from the Turkish language akin to the
English word Horde. However, the word Urdu which means an army, in Turkish,
is actually spelled Ordu in modern Turkish with an umlaut on the initial O.
I am trying to ascertain as to how and when this vowel-shift has taken place.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Turkish (tur)
                            Urdu (urd)

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