On the Turkic Origin of Hungarian igen 'yes'

Johanson, Lars (2004) On the Turkic Origin of Hungarian igen 'yes'. Acta Orientalia, 57 (1). pp. 93-104. ISSN 0001-6446

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The present paper discusses the origin of the Hungarian particle igen 'yes', for which no convincing etymology has been presented so far. It is suggested that it is a selective copy of Turkic egen ~ igen (< erken), an indirective and/or emphatic rhetorical particle ('evidently', 'obviously', 'apparently', 'as it appears', 'it turns out that', 'indeed'), derived from er- 'to be' and used as part of the predicate core and/or as a postpredicate element to convey consenting or admitting answers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > D0 History (General) / történelem általában
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PI Oriental languages and literatures / keleti nyelvek és irodalmak
Depositing User: Katalin Barta
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 08:50
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2017 08:50

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