Language contact

O. A. Mudrak
Phonetic and semantic Caucasian language influence on Ossetic

The present article provides a first look at the regular phonetic correspondences found in the Ossetic adaptations of numerous Caucasian loanwords. These correspondences hold true over a large corpus of borrowings, first and foremost from the proto‐Dargi language. Analyzing these borrowings in Ossetic (both the Iron and Digor data) allows us to map the historical migration patterns of the ancestors of the Ossetic people through the Caucasus area. The article also examines in detail borrowings found in the semantic domain of words having to do with plants.

Keywords: historical linguistics, etymology, Caucasian languages, borrowing, phonetic correspondence, semantic domains, Ossetic language, Dargi language, Nakh languages, North Caucasian languages

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