A mysterious animal called Al-Wark

Witczak, Krzysztof Tomasz (2015) A mysterious animal called Al-Wark. Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 68 (3). pp. 335-339. ISSN 0001-6446


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The paper examines the mysterious term al-wark, which–according to Maḥmūd of Kāşğarī (11th century AD)–denotes a small animal similar to a badger (Turk. borsmuk) in the Xakani language. This animal was treated as a symbol of fatness. It is suggested that the term in question was borrowed from a Tocharian source. The Indo-European term *wṛḱos (m.) ‘badger’ (originally ‘fat animal’, cf. Hittite warkant- adj. ‘fat’) is reconstructed on the basis of Indic, Greek and Anatolian lexical data.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > D0 History (General) / történelem általában
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom
Depositing User: Ágnes Sallai
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 08:09
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2017 23:15

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