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 --- Yitzik the Poisonous Snakie skrzypszy:

> I've just a fresh idea and want to introduce a new project -P20- Kuman
> Tyly. A naturalistic one! Jan, Ferko - your attention, I start!

You have my undivided attention!

> This is a Turkic language (of Qypchaq branch relative to Kazakh,
> Karakalpak, Nogay, Karachay-Balkar, and esp. close to Karaim; but with
> certain Oguz elements) that underwent stong Slavic influence, which
> was quite mild on its phonology, more substantial on its morphology
> and vocabulary, and extremely heavy on its syntax. One can even say
> that up to 80% of syntactic patterns are East Slavic cliches.

Well, what can I say? I know next to nothing about Turkish, but I find your
project most interesting.

> Minimal conhistorical background: a group of Turkic tribes (Polovtsy
> aka Qypchaqs aka Cumans) living on the territory of modern Donbass
> (steppe lands of Eastern Ukraine and Don Region) adopted Christianity
> in 1197, made an alliance with Kiev Rus, survived up to nowadays and
> presently (since 1991) is an independent nation. To discern from Real
> World Cumans and their language (Cuman or Cumanic), I'll use the term
> "Cumanian", or the original names |Kuman Tyly| [ku."mAn tM."5M] and
> |Kumanz^a| [ku."mAn.dZa].

An independent state between what's left of Ukraine and Russia? I'm in favour
of it! Perhaps the Hattic Republic should do its best a bit more to achieve
full independence instead of being a humble member of the Russian Federation?

I'm interested to see some more of the historic background as well.

Anyway, carry on!

Best,
Jan

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"Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones

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