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Title: Burushaski as an Indo-European "Kentum" Language
Subtitle: Reflexes of the Indo-European Gutturals in Burushaski
Written By: Ilija Čašule
Series Title: Languages of the World 38
Description:

This monograph focuses specifically on the original Burushaski
Indo-European (non-Indo-Iranian) vocabulary that contains the reflexes of
the Indo-European gutturals (the plain velars, labiovelars and
palatovelars). It provides a full etymological analysis of some 150
autochthonous Burushaski stems (with many derivatives), mostly belonging to
its core vocabulary, and establishes the correlations with the various
Indo-European branches.

The evidence shows that in the Burushaski language, the Indo-European
labiovelars and palatovelars have coalesced with the velars, i.e. the plain
velars are the only reflexes of the whole guttural series, thus revealing
Burushaski to be an Indo-European kentum language.

This work follows a series of studies where the author has shown full
systematic correspondences of the Burushaski phonological system with
Indo-European in over 500 lexical stems, and more importantly, grammatical
correspondences in the nominal, pronominal (personal and demonstrative),
adjectival, numeral and the entire verbal system.

It advances further the position of the author that Burushaski is no longer
an isolate but rather a North-Western Indo-European language that shows
greatest affinity with Balto-Slavic, Germanic and Albanian on the one hand,
and with the Paleobalkanic languages (Phrygian, Thracian and Ancient
Macedonian) on the other.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification
Subject Language(s): None
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895865947
Pages: 115
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