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Re: A new project: Kuman Tyly

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Sunday, September 1, 2002, 15:37
 --- Yitzik the Poisonous Snakie skrzypszy:

> I've just a fresh idea and want to introduce a new project -P20- Kuman > Tyly. A naturalistic one! Jan, Ferko - your attention, I start!
You have my undivided attention!
> This is a Turkic language (of Qypchaq branch relative to Kazakh, > Karakalpak, Nogay, Karachay-Balkar, and esp. close to Karaim; but with > certain Oguz elements) that underwent stong Slavic influence, which > was quite mild on its phonology, more substantial on its morphology > and vocabulary, and extremely heavy on its syntax. One can even say > that up to 80% of syntactic patterns are East Slavic cliches.
Well, what can I say? I know next to nothing about Turkish, but I find your project most interesting.
> Minimal conhistorical background: a group of Turkic tribes (Polovtsy > aka Qypchaqs aka Cumans) living on the territory of modern Donbass > (steppe lands of Eastern Ukraine and Don Region) adopted Christianity > in 1197, made an alliance with Kiev Rus, survived up to nowadays and > presently (since 1991) is an independent nation. To discern from Real > World Cumans and their language (Cuman or Cumanic), I'll use the term > "Cumanian", or the original names |Kuman Tyly| [ku."mAn tM."5M] and > |Kumanz^a| [ku."mAn.dZa].
An independent state between what's left of Ukraine and Russia? I'm in favour of it! Perhaps the Hattic Republic should do its best a bit more to achieve full independence instead of being a humble member of the Russian Federation? I'm interested to see some more of the historic background as well. Anyway, carry on! Best, Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts