Panel 2: Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Linguistic Perspective

Date & Time: Thursday, 7.04.2016; 14.00–18.00

Location: University Main Building, room 232

Panel Convener:

Zsuzsanna Olach (MTA-SZTE Turkological Research Group and the University of Szeged, Hungary),


From the 6th century onwards, Central Asia has been dominated by Turkic speaking peoples, e.g. Türks, Old Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Uzbeks. The history of these peoples and the languages spoken by them have always been in the focus of Turcological studies. The aim of the planned panel is to bring together scholars working on different Central Asian Turkic languages and discuss the results of their recent research. The participants will present issues including Old Turkic (represented on the Orkhon Inscriptions) and present-day Turkic languages (Sayan Turkic languages, Kazakh, Turkmen, and Qashqay).

Panelists (click on the title for an abstract):

Part 1 (14.00–15.40):

  1. Zsuzsanna Olach “A Semantic Study on the Use of ešit- and tïŋla- in Old Turkic”
  2. Bayarma Khabtagaeva (University of Szeged, Hungary) “Sayan Turkic Varieties in Central Asia”
  3. Bence Grezsa (University of Szeged, Hungary) “What Do the Colour Names Tell Us? The Case of Kazakh”

Part 2: (16.0018.00):

  1. Judith Routamaa & Abdollah Nazari (SIL International & Turkish American Association) “Language and Religion among the Turkmen of Iran: Observations on the Speech of Three Generations”
  2. Sohrab Dolatkhah (freelance researcher, Paris) “Subordinate Clauses in Qashqay: Evidence for Typological Shift”