Sergei Starostin, Anna Dybo, Oleg Mudrak (with assistance of Ilya Gruntov and Vladimir Glumov).
Etymological Dictionary of the Altaic Languages, 3 Volumes (Handbook of Oriental Studies / Handbuch Der Orientalistik - Part 8: Uralic & Central Asian Studies, 8).
Brill Academic Pub (June 2003)
This comparative and etymological dictionary of the more than fifty languages traditionally classified as Altaic is arguably the most comprehensive, systematic work as yet on the subject. Subdivided into five branches: Turkic, Mongolian, Tungus-Manchu, Korean and Japanese, it deals with the entire Altaic family. The introduction contains a detailed account of the phonetic correspondences between Altaic languages, as well as their morphological and lexical characteristics. The body of the dictionary presents almost 3000 lexical matches between different subgroups of Altaic, with Proto-Altaic reconstructions and detailed reflexes in ancient and modern languages. Wherever possible comments are given to distinguish between inherited vocabulary and various later interlingual borrowings. With detailed indices for each language. A true reference work of great importance.
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About the Author
Sergei Starostin is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and co-organizer of the Evolution of Human Languages program in the Santa Fe Institute, USA. He has published extensively on historical linguistics and Altaic languages, including The Altaic Problem and the Origin of Japanese (Moscow, 1991).
Anna Dybo, Ph.D. (1992), Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, has published extensively in the fields of Turcology and Tungus-Manchurology. Her main work is Semantic reconstruction in Altaic Etymology (Moscow, 1996).
Oleg Mudrak, Ph.D. (1994), Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences is Professor at the Russian State University of the Humanities. He is a well-known specialist in Altaic and Paleo-Siberian languages and author of Historical Correspondences of Chuvash and Turkic Vowels (Moscow, 1993).
Chapter one. The problem of interlingual borrowings in Altaic languages
Chapter two. Comparative phonology of Altaic languages
Chapter three. Comparative and historical phonologies of Altaic subgroups
Chapter four. Elements of a comparative morphology of Altaic languages
Chapter five. Classification of Altaic languages and dating of Proto-Altaic
Structure of the dictionary and adopted conventions
Selected bibliography and abbreviations of quoted literature
Abbreviations of periodical editions
Abbreviations of language names