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Valentyn Stetsyuk (Lviv, Ukraine)

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Core Vocabulary of the Turkic and Mongolic Languages

The basic core vocabulary of the Turkic and Mongolic languages, drawn up on the basis of the so-called "Swadesh list", which consists of 200 words, is prepared and served on the site. Only 140 matches to the list were found in these language families submitted as in the Proto-Turkic and in Proto-Mongolic languages. Among the 140 pairs, 20 words, that is 14%, are common for bouth languages. Such a small number of common words in the basic core vocabulary, which consists of the most ancient words, allows firmly reject the concept of genetic kinship of the Turkic and Mongolic languages. They can be regarded as "becoming kinship", ie those which have gained a large number of common vocabulary by mutual borrowing in times remote from their arising.