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Re: Cossack vs Kazakh

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 12, 2002, 20:16
Steg Belsky wrote:
>On Tue, 12 Feb 2002 14:23:21 -0500 Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...> >writes: > > 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_. >
In the romanizations of Kazakh I've seen, "Kazakh" is either "Kazak" or "Qazaq", so I doubt that that final "kh" is /x/ or similar. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Join the world’s largest e-mail service with MSN Hotmail.