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From Proto-Turkic *ben (“I”). An early nasalized form of 𐰋𐰤‎ (ben), both attested at Orkhon inscriptions. Cognate to Turkish ben (“I”), one of the only modern Turkic forms along with Gagauz preserving initial /b/. Compare also Turkish -im (“first person singular suffix”).


𐰢𐰤 (men)

  1. I

Related termsEdit


𐰢𐰤 (-men)

  1. Denotes first person singular after simple present or future tense marker.
    ‏:𐰽𐰲𐰺: 𐰢𐰤‎‎ ― Sačar men. ― I scatter.
    ‏:𐰴𐰕𐰍𐰣𐰆𐰺𐰢𐰤‎‎ ― Qazɣanurmen. ― I conquer.
  2. Denotes "to be" for first person singular
    ‏:𐰞𐱃𐰆𐰣: 𐰉𐰽𐰞𐰃𐰍: 𐰖𐰃𐰞𐰣: 𐰢𐰤‎‎ ― Altun bašlïɣ yïlan men. ― I am a snake with golden head.

Usage notesEdit

  • Often attested separately.


  • Clauson, Gerard (1972), “ben”, in An Etymological Dictionary of pre-thirteenth-century Turkish, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 346