Monday, November 23, 2009

Japanese, Russian and the Uralic-Altaic Connection

There is debate over whether the Japanese language is in fact an Altaic language, and I don't know enough about etymology to comment on that, but since the grammatical structures of Uralic and Altaic are similar enough that they used to be categorized under one branch, I'd like to propose a theory, that Japanese may have at least a minimal connection to the Uralic language. For example, I recently read on an Ural-Altaic language forum that the Uralic word for mouth (or opening) is "suu". In Japanese, "suu" means to suck in by the mouth, as in "iki wo suu" (to breathe in) and suimono (a clear soup literally meaning "thing to suck in").

Also, I'd always pondered why the Japanese word for "no" was "iie". It didn't sound like the word "no" in any other language I'd known...except the Russian "nyet". Both have the "ie" sound.

Related links:

Finnish-Japanese language similarities (discussion): Visit www.finlandforum.org

Vowel Harmony - Explanation: Global Oneness

An Overview of the History of the Japanese Language by Daniel J. Vogler - 20 March 1998

Russian and Japanese Involvement with Pre-Communist Tibet: The Role of the Shambhala Legend by Alexander Berzin April 2003

Dreams of a Pan-Mongolian state: Sandan Tsydenov, Baron Ungern, Agvan Dorjiev, Nicholas Roerich - by Alexandre Andreyev
Section: Buddhism and Nordland 2008. (Saturday, 02 May 2009)

History of Buryatia (Ar Mongol) - The Mongolian Ancestral Homeland

The Origins of the Japanese people - Japan Reference, www.jref.com

Shinto – Japan: What is shintoism? - www.1000questions.net

Koshintō - Wikipedia



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