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What I refer to in this context is NOT the "Mongolian language" but the "Mongolian languages". The latter includes Daur, Dongxian, Moghol and other languages. I used "Mongolic" to distinguish both clearly. --Nanshu 01:04, 8 Apr 2004 (UTC)
On Shamanism it is asserted that "shaman" literally means "knower". Can this be confirmed, i.e. is it actually from a Tungus root for "to know" or similar, or is this just a description of the concept? I am asking because the hypothesis that the word is a loan from Chinese would seem rather to depend on whether it has a transparent Tungus etymology. dab (ᛏ) 13:23, 16 February 2006 (UTC)
What is this ssentence supposed to mean?
"One classification which seems to be advocated for a little more than the other alternatives is that the Tungusic languages can be divided into a northern branch and a southern branch, with the southern branch further subdivided into southeastern and southwestern groups."
Should it maybe read: "Once classification, which is [sometimes] advocated over the other alternatives, is dividing the Tungusic languages into a northern and southern branch, with the southern branch further subdivided into southeastern and southwestern groups."
As it is, I don't think the original is english. I've never heard anything to be "advocated for" before. But you can advocate something "over" something else - that means to favour more than the alternatives. Furthermore, "a little more" is a very wishy-washy phrase. --Steevm 01:12, 14 September 2006 (UTC)
The article claims, in the introduction, that the controversial Altaic family is a sprachbund. The Altaic family has neither been formally established as a sprachbund, nor as a language family. There are varying opinions on the topic in linguistics and there is no consensus. There has been some lexostatical research into the possibility of remotely related cognates and there is even a dictionary called An Etymological Dictionary of the Altaic Languages. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Brianc26 (talk • contribs) 06:52, 31 July 2012 (UTC)