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Re: Jewish (was: constructed romance) languages

From:BP.Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Saturday, January 23, 1999, 16:01
At 16:07 on 21.1.1999, Steg Belsky wrote:
> > KARAIM: Lithuania > > The Qara'im (Karaites) are a Jewish sect somewhat similar to the old > you know if this is the Karaite language that is supposed > to be descended from the language of the Khazars? >
Yep. Anyways it's a western Turkic language with quite some weird distinctive traits. Among others Turkic vowel harmony has been replaced with consonant-palatalization harmony. I wonder what its Hebrew-alphabet orthography looks like. According to Koestler's hypothesis the Karaite section of the Khazars retained the language while the rest was Yiddishized. He estimated that most of the Ashkenazi (sp?) Jewissh gene pool is (or was, one fears...) in fact Khazar-Turkic. Not at all inappropriate, seeing that the Turkic family of peoples is one gigantic diaspora. Noone even knows where proto-Turkic was spoken. There is one language, Chuvash, that is a cousin of the Turkic languages, rather than one of them. Spoken somewhere in Russia, if my memory surves me. B-P> B.Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> ---------------------------------------------------- Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)