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Title: Etymology of 'Urdu'
Submitter: Syed-Mohsin Naquvi
Description: 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.
Date Posted: 02-Sep-2010
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Specialty: Turkish
LL Issue: 21.3505
Posted: 02-Sep-2010

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