LINGUIST List 14.3389

Tue Dec 9 2003

Books: Historical Linguistics: CASULE

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Message 1: Burushaski Etymologies: CASULE

Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 15:58:11 -0500 (EST)
From: lincom.europa <>
Subject: Burushaski Etymologies: CASULE

Title: Burushaski Etymologies
Subtitle: The Indo-European and Paleo-balkanic affinities of Burushaski
Series Title: LINCOM Etymological Studies 01

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: ILIJA CASULE, Macquarie University 
Paperback: ISBN: 3895860891, Pages: 160, Price: EUR 50


By applying the most stringent principles of the
comparative-historical met hod nearly two hundred Burushaski words are
analysed which display firm Ind o-European correspondences that do not
originate from an Indo-Aryan or Iran ian source. The etymologies show
consistent and regular phonetic correspond ences and highly specific
semantic concordance with the ancient Balkan lang uages (most notably
Phrygian and Thracian) and with Balto-Slavic. The basi and compact
semantic fields to which the analysed vocabulary belongs (body parts,
age and family relations, agriculture, plant names, sheep-farming,
geographical features, names of vessels and tools, core adjectives and
verb s) together with the derivational, grammatical and structural
correspondenc es point to a rather close relationship and affinity of
Burushaski with the se linguistic groupations.
 It can be concluded that there is an ancient Indo-European layer
in Burushaski which indicates an early relationship or contact in its
history with the Southern (Aegean) branch of I.E. on the one hand and
with the North ern I.E. group on the other, with which it shows
remarkable and very close correspondences.Further systematic study of
Burushaski vocabulary and grammar should cla rify the implications of
these findings and determine more closely Burushas ki's affiliation
within Indo-European.

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Lingfield(s):	Historical Linguistics 

Subject Language(s): Burushaski (Language Code: BSK)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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