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From:B.Philip.Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Sunday, September 20, 1998, 20:39
At 20:33 -0400 on 19.9.1998, Steg Belsky wrote:


> This doesn't really have to do with Hungary, but since people've been > talking about the history of that entire area, does anyone happen to know > what language the Khazars spoke, what language family it's in, etc.? > > Thanks, > > -Stephen (Steg)
The Khazars spoke a Turkic language, and their descendants, known as Kara'ite Jews still do. It is notable for having replaced the vowel harmony of other Turkic languages with a cnsonant harmony, i.e. words that originally had front rounded vowels now have back vowels, but all consonants in these words are palatalized, while the words that originally had back vowels have unpalatalized consonants. (The Khazars found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place when the Byzantine Emperor demanded that they should acknowledge the One God and adopt Christianity, and the Arab Caliph at the same time demanded that they should acknowledge the One God and adopt Islam; they cut the knot by acknowledging the One God and adopt Judaism! :) /BP (acknowledging the Oneness of all by being a Buddhist! :) B.Philip. Jonsson <bpj@...> Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant (Tacitus) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------