Reconstruction:Proto-Mongolic/kelen

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This Proto-Mongolic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-MongolicEdit

ReconstructionEdit

Relatively secure. Daur palatalization is irregular but also found in other terms.

EtymologyEdit

Likely related somehow to Oghuz كَلاجُو(kelēçǖ, talk, conversation) (see there for more cognates), which Clauson however considers neither of Turkic origin nor related to the Mongolian word, and Chuvash кала (kala, to talk).

Another attractive parallel is Proto-Uralic *käle (tongue, language) (Finnish kieli), but mainstream linguistics presumes neither relation nor contact of Mongolic with Uralic.

NounEdit

*kelen

  1. tongue
  2. language

DescendantsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Nugteren, Hans (2011) Mongolic phonology and the Qinghai-Gansu languages (dissertation)‎[1], Utrecht: LOT, page 409