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Al-ja "lower part" Finn. ala < Uralic *ala Turk. al; Hung. egér "mouse," Finn. hiiri < Uralic • singere Turk-Mong. 52 The influences have been mutual. C. P, pp. 169-171. ,;;:1 T'\,. --,.. ~,, ... ~ ... ,,..... 1 34 URALIC LANGUAGES languages today are scattered in srnall groups across Siberia. They are divided into Northern Sarnodian : Nenec/Yurak (24,894), Enec (sorne 378 in 1926), Nganasan/Tavgi (867) and Southern Sarnodian : Selkup (3,565). These populations, which were probably never very large, have been steadily eroded through absorption by Turkic and other peoples.

The dating is uncertain) that equestrian technology was sufficiently developed to produce a true culture of mounted riders. These skills were not necessarily applied to rnilitary purposes at this time. Undoubtedly, there were a number of factors that finally came together to crea te Eurasian pastoral nomadism : the full mastery of horse technology (which probahly occurred much earlier in the Western Eurasian zone and then spread eastward), the growth of human and 7 Rudenko, Frozen Tombs, pp. 62-63; Grac, Drevnie kocevniki, pp.

Lit. Oyr. y > d'-, y > t' Modern Populations : Northern and Southern Altays : 60,015 (Siberia, USSR). AlrSOUIH SIDERIAN/ABAQAN OR XAQAS GROUP Modern: Abaqan ([i]Sagay, Beltir [ü] Qaca, Qoybal, QlZll and perhaps Sor) Sor Cuhm 23 See Menges, p. 64 for further details. 24 Ramsey, Langnages, p. 183. IC lANGUAGES Phonology c > s, s > s (excl. sor), y- > c-, y- > n- (if rater in the ward a nasal follows) Intervocalic either voiced or geminated ô > z, -gj-g (-hg); b- > p-. b-/mModern Population: Abaqan/Xakas group: 70,776 1HE EAST OR 11JVA GROUP (in Tanu-Tuva or Uryanxay) : Karagas Soyon (Tuba, Tuva, T1ba or Uryanxay).

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