My name is Abdallah and I am an Uygur (ethnic Turkish people from China) now living and working in the USA. I am trying diligently to find out how true the assertions are that Korean and Japanese are part of the Turkish heritage. Thank you
Wa Alaykum salam!
Hi, and thanks for the Arabic greeting. I had an Egyptian housemate
I'm Korean, and I noticed you are interested in many linguistic and cultural topics.
Are you a linguist? Or a historian?
As disappointing as the Altaic theory is,
(although I am no linguist, a historical linguist, nor a historian)
I begin to think the whole approach may have been flawed.
Maybe if we see the language material differently from the classical IE-school, we may find interesting things.
Even among Western scholars, there is strong criticism of the simplistic & distorted picture that IE comparative linguists have ingrained into the historical understanding of European history.
Renfrew, was it? I'm still having a little trouble understanding his ideas, but it is refreshing to see an alternate view. Hence, modelling the Altaic theory after the IE model may have been flawed. QED. ;-)