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The Oxford Guide to the Transeurasian Languages

Martine Robbeets and Alexander Savelyev


This book provides a comprehensive account of the Transeurasian languages, and is the first major reference work in the field since 1965. The term ‘Transeurasian’ refers to a large group of geographically adjacent languages that includes five uncontroversial linguistic families: Japonic, Koreanic, Tungusic, Mongolic, and Turkic. The historical connection between these languages, however, constitutes one of the most debated issues in historical comparative linguistics. In the present book, a team of leading international scholars in the field take a balanced approach to this controversy, integr ... More

Keywords: Transeurasian, functional, formal, historical source, genealogy, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexis

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198804628
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martine Robbeets, editor
Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

Alexander Savelyev, editor
Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

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Martine Robbeets and Alexander Savelyev

PART I Sources and Classification

A. Historical Sources and Periodization

B. Genealogical Classification

Chapter 6 The classification of the Tungusic languages

Lindsay J. Whaley and Sofia Oskolskaya

C. Typology

Part II Individual Structural Overviews

Chapter 16 Jejudo Korean

Ubong Shin, Jieun Kiaer, and Jiyoung Shin

Chapter 18 Even and the Northern Tungusic languages

Brigitte Pakendorf and Natalia Aralova

Chapter 20 Dagur

Yohei Yamada

Chapter 21 Khalkha Mongolian

Jan-Olof Svantesson

Chapter 23 The Northwestern Turkic (Kipchak) languages

Éva Á. Csató and Lars Johanson

PART III Comparative Overviews

A. Phonology

B. Morphology

Chapter 32 A comparative approach to the pronominal system in Transeurasian

Michal Schwarz, Ondřej Srba, and Václav Blažek

C. Syntax

Chapter 34 Verbal categories in the Transeurasian languages

Andrej Malchukov and Patryk Czerwinski

D. Lexicon and Semantics

PART IV Areal versus Inherited Connections

Chapter 39 Contact between genealogically related languages

Alexander T. Francis-Ratte and J. Marshall Unger

PART V Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Identity of Transeurasian

Chapter 43 The homelands of the individual Transeurasian proto-languages

Martine Robbeets, Juha Janhunen, Alexander Savelyev, and Evgeniya Korovina

Chapter 45 Transeurasian unity from a population-genetic perspective

Choongwon Jeong, Chuan-Chao Wang, and Chao Ning

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