[DWJ] In which I satisfy the curious (I hope!)

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Thu Sep 21 19:52:44 EDT 2006


Robyn Starkey wrote:
>
>> Jengiz, Chingiz and similar forms are not unusual in Turkic lands. 
>> There is a Kirghiz novelist called Chingiz Aitmatov.
>
> My Mongolian expert says the Mongolians spell it Chinggis. (for 
> Mongolian street cred: http://www.intendedaudience.com/prairiesteppes/)
>
> robyn
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A spelling I've always found a bit odd. I guess it's supposed to be 
ch-i-ng-g-i-s; but I can't think of any language in which [n] before [g] 
or [k] isn't usually assimilated to [N] (i.e. [ng]), at least if it's in 
the same morpheme.

Colin



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