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Re: Cossack vs Kazakh

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 12, 2002, 19:45
On Tue, 12 Feb 2002 14:23:21 -0500 Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
> An infuriating paragraph in a book on Central Asia I recently read > implies > that, but does not actually say whether, the words "cossack" and > "Kazakh" > are spelt the same in Russian. Can anyone confim/deny? > The same paragraph also states that the two words probably have a > common origin. Is this the consensus view? > Andreas
- Not knowing how either of those words are spelled in Russian, i can only give circumstantial evidence: _Cossack_ in Hebrew is _qozaq_, with (like in English) stop consonants at the beginning and end of the word. "Kazakh", spelled with a {kh}, seems to indicate that it probably ends in /x/ or some similar fricative. If _Cossack_ ended with a /x/ sound, Hebrew would have spelled it _qozakh_ or _qozahh_. -Stephen (Steg) "'winter' in lebanese arabic is [SIti:]... hrrrmmm..."


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