Burushaski shepherd vocabulary of Indo-European origin

Ilija Čašule

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The etymological analysis of Burushaski shepherd vocabulary shows that almost all the pastoral terms in this language are of Indo-European origin (some thirty independently of Indic and Iranian), with a significant proportion showing close correlations with the Paleobalkanic substratal shepherd terms. Considering the conservatism of this semantic field and together with the precise, specific and systematic phonological, grammatical and lexical correspondences, this is further evidence for the Indo-European and Balkan origin of Burushaski.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-195
Number of pages49
JournalActa orientalia
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Burushaski
  • etymology
  • shepherd vocabulary
  • Indo-European
  • ancient Balkan languages
  • Albanian and Rumanian substratum

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