Róna-Tas András: Chuvash studies - Bibliotheca orientalis Hungarica 28. (Budapest, 1982)

CHUVASH STUDIES ^ ^ ^ ~V~’ * * ^^ * ** * ' •* * * ~~^ • ^~ »* ,>^«*^Vt^r H ^K, ’ * ’.* ■ V яКнИЯР^^т^^В' P я и! s IПТ Дд^рТ;';’ Edited by ANDRÁS RÓNA-TAS (BIBLIOTHECA ORIENTALIS HIWGARICA, VOL. XXVIII) Chuvash, a language spoken by about 1.5 million people in the Volga region of the Soviet Union, is the only remnant of one of the two great branches of the Turkish languages. Its study is playing a key' role in solving many of the focal issues of comparative Altaic studies, in the re­search of Finno-Ugrian Turkish contacts, and in the history of such early Eastern- European peoples as the Khazars, the Magyars prior to their arrival in the Car­pathian Basin, and the Volga Bulgare. This volume is an anthology of the pa­pers delivered at a symposium held in Eger, Hungary, in 1977. A number of comparative studies illuminate the dif­ferent facets of Chuvash linguistic hist ory, while others trace the impact of Chuvash­­type loanwords on the Hungarian lan­guage. Through linguistic analysis, new insights are offered into Chuvash society and culture. The techniques of cartograph­ic philology are applied to a great many old maps of the Volga region, while other authors discuss aspects of Chuvash folk music and modern Chuvash literature. Unprecedentedly many-sided in its ap­proach, the volume will be of interest to all Turkologists, to scholars of early Eastern- European history and of the history' of the Hungarian language. AKADÉMIAI KIADÓ • BUDAPEST

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